An Abuja building which collapsed today, had 18 people trapped though emergency workers are battling to rescue some of the survivors including children in the building.
It was gathered that the 4-storey Abuja building located at Jabi junction, close to a popular Rukkayat plaza in the Nigerian capital, had been abandoned for over two years before the collapse. The incident occurred by 1:20pm while workers were still at the building. Those trapped include workers, children and food vendors.
Eight people have been rescued so far, while one person lost his life. Among those rescued was the site engineer whose two legs were broken. Here are photos below;
It was also reported few months ago, that no fewer than three people died, while seven others were injured following the collapse of a two-story Islamiyya school building under construction at Unguwan Kaya, in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The ugly incident occurred while construction work was ongoing at the building. Speaking at the scene of the event, Malam Abdul-Muminu Adamu, the Divisional Secretary, Nigerian Red Cross, Zaria branch said the incident was unexpected and very frightening.
“Shortly when the incident happened, a good Samaritan called and informed us and we reported to the scene immediately.
“When we came here, we were able to recover the bodies of two people and later recovered another body while seven other people were rescued alive.
“The corpses of the deceased have been deposited at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Shika.
“While the injured persons are also responding to treatment at the same hospital,” he said.
Mr Paul Fedelix-Aboi, the Director of the state Fire Service described the development as unfortunate, saying that the actual cause can only be ascertained after investigation. He said, though the rescue operation is not part of their mandate, they were in the area to render possible assistance to rescued persons. Felix-Aboi attributed the recurrence of building collapse in Nigeria to attitude of Nigerians who always go for cheap labour.