June 11, 2024

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37 rescued, 2 seriously injured as FCT building collapses

Scene of the collapsed building located at Lagos Street, Garki Village, Abuja, on Wednesday night.

Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency (FCT-FEMA) has confirmed the collapse of a two-storey building Wednesday night, at Lagos Street, Garki Village, Abuja. At least, two persons were seriously injured but 37 others were successfully rescued.

Not surprisingly, FCT minister Ezenwo Nyesom Wike ordered the immediate arrest of the landlord of the property.

Public affairs head of FCT-FEMA Mrs. Nkechi Isa said in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, that 37 persons were rescued alive, while two others were “fatally” injured.

Isa said, at press time, that a rescue operation was on-going and that a combined team of the FCT-FEMA, Federal Road Safety Corps and FCT command of the Nigerian Police were on ground to rescue and evacuate victims.

“The two-storey building, which serves both residential and commercial purposes collapsed on Wednesday night. FCT-FEMA search and rescue teams are awaiting excavators to intensify the search to ensure that no victim is left in the rubble of the collapsed building,” she said.

Director-General of the agency Dr. Abbass Iddriss, commended efforts of stakeholders, including members of the community that were working hard manually to rescue trapped persons.