2 reportedly Die, Many Trapped as Abuja Building Collapses

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A two-storey commercial complex under construction in Gwarinpa district of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, has collapsed on Thursday, trapping over 50 persons under its rubbles.

According to an eyewitness, Clifford Ogah, the workers on the site, especially labourers conveying blocks to the top of the building, were over 50 and were trapped in the rubble of the collapsed building, with two deaths confirmed.

He said he has lived in the area for a very long time, and had noticed that the area where the collapsed building is located has always been known to be a reserved green area.

The director of development control in the FCT Administration, Muktar Galadima, while speaking on the incident, said that rescue operations were ongoing with combined team of several agencies.

He said about seven persons have been rescued alive and taken to hospital.

He disclosed that several workers were still trapped in the rubbles of the ill-fated building.

The coordinator of Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Umar Shuaibu, said that while the council won’t apportion blame to anyone yet, investigation will start immediately to find out both the remote and immediate causes of the incident.