A six-storey building located at 444 Okpanachi Crescent, Citec Villas, Gwarinpa, Abuja, collapsed Monday morning. The six-storey building, which was still under construction, reportedly collapsed at about 1 a.m.
Two labourers are said to still be trapped in the debris while six have been rescued by the combined efforts of the Police, NEMA and FERMA.
Confirming this to newsmen, a staff of the FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Abbas Idriss, said eight people were initially trapped but six had been rescued. “We hope that the remaining two would be rescued alive,” Idris said.
He also added that relevant authorities, such as the FCT’s department of development control, would be able to ascertain the cause of collapse after carrying out tests. “Ours is just to save lives,” he said.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, who posted pictures of the collapsed building on his Facebook wall, said the iron rods used for the pillars gave in like wood and the concrete work is as brittle as ordinary sand.
He called on the Federal Capital Territory authorities to investigate those in charge of approving and supervising the construction to determine why they were so unprofessional. He said:
“Thank God it was not completed and inhabited by lodgers before collapsing. It would have been tragic.”
It was however, gathered that the building is owned by a former governor of Osun state. Just a week today, a three-storey building under construction in the Kano State University of Technology, Wudil, collapsed, injuring five persons.
The incident occurred when some students of the institution were reportedly reading in the building which is being constructed by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, an intervention agency in the Nigerian education sector.