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Many Feared Killed As 4-Storey Building Collapses In Abuja | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Feb 2, 2023

 

Unspecified numbers of persons have been trapped in a four-storey building that collapsed on a Thursday morning in the Gwarinpa area of Abuja.

Some dead bodies have been recovered from the debris.

Confirming the incident, Florence Wenegieme, a Director at the FCT Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, said her team has rescued 11 persons.

Mrs Wenegieme, who is a director of Forecasting, Response and Mitigation, said the rescued victims have been moved to the hospital.

“The persons we rescued have been taken to Gwarimpa General Hospital. We are working to rescue more victims,” she added.

Mukhtar Galadima, Director, Development Control, Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, said that rescue operation was ongoing with combined team of several agencies.

According to him, about seven persons were rescued and taken to hospital.

He said that while no fatality had been confirmed, several workers were still trapped under the rubble of the ill-fated building.

Also, the Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, AMMC, Umar Shuaibu, said that while the council would not apportion blames to anybody yet, investigation would commence immediately to ascertain both the remote and immediate causes of the collapse.

According to an eye witness, John Edwin, the workers on site, especially laborers conveying blocks to the top, were over 40.

He claimed to have lived in the area for many years, and that he had always known the place to be a reserved Green Area.

Mr Edwin urged relevant authorities to call the management of Federal Housing Authority to question, for illegally allocating Green Areas for commercial purposes.
By Umar Audu

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