Building Collapse In Abuja: 2 Dead, 5 Rescued
Five people were rescued from the wreckage of a fallen storey building in Kubwa Satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja on Friday, while two people were thought dead.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the structure, which was being built off Gado Nasco Road near Hamza Abdullahi Street, also had a shopping mall.
According to NAN, a team from the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency and the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council collaborated to carry out the rescue operation.
The Federal Road Safety Corps, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, and other organizations were also part of the squad that was saved.
Mrs. Chinyere Okah, one of the occupants, verified the building’s collapse on Thursday night at around 10:30 p.m. in an interview with NAN. The property was being converted from a shopping mall to residential apartments.
Two people died in the incident, according to Alhaji Abbas Idriss, Director-General of the FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), while those who were trapped were rescued.
Abbas said that around 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, the agency received a distress call concerning the event and immediately dispatched its staff to the location.
He said that five people had been rescued, and they had been transferred to the Kubwa District Hospital. He also said that two of the patients had subsequently been discharged.
“As a follow up to the developing story of the collapsed building at Kubwa, a suburb in the FCT, the two trapped persons in the rubble have been rescued fatally injured.
“The bodies of the two persons that lost their lives have been deposited at the Kubwa District Hospital mortuary. Their relatives have been identified and were making arrangements for their burial.
“The rescue operation at the collapsed site came to an end with five number of persons rescued alive, three with various degrees of injuries , while two persons were unhurt and discharged from the Kubwa District Hospital,” he said.
He appreciated everyone involved for their quick action and collaboration, especially the construction companies who mobilized and used all of their resources to save lives in accordance with their corporate social duties.
He commended the Security Agencies’ alertness and support, as well as the locals’ participation throughout the rescue operations.
Idriss, however, urged builders to always abide with the law and cautioned citizens against residing in unfinished structures.
Additionally, Mr. Ikharo Attah, the FCT Minister’s Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection, and Enforcement said the owner of the home was alerted in advance by worried neighbors.
“The building was initially a shopping mall, but the report we got from residents was that the owner was warned, and at a certain point, it was now being converted to a residential apartment.
“The down was a shopping mall, but they were putting up some blocks of flat on the first and second suspended floors. You cannot alter a shopping mall and convert to a residential building thereby giving it more load that what it was meant to carry,” he said.
Attah added that Malam Muhammad Bello, the FCT Minister, had directed that tests be conducted on the majority of the nearby high-rise building.
The owner of the property, who locals speculated may have fled, is currently being pursued by the joint team of security authorities on the scene, he said.
“We have a policy in the FCTA that when a building collapses, the land is forfeited and revoked and the place is converted into a park or garden for residents around the neighbourhood,” he added.
Umar Shuaibu, Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, attributed the event to dubious building practices and added that the FCTA has a policy of putting outdated structures through integrity checks.