Two Feared Dead, 50 Trapped As Complex Collapses In Abuja

A two-storey commercial complex under construction in Gwarinpa district of the FCT on Thursday collapsed with two persons feared dead and 50 trapped.

Confirming the incident, Director Development Control, Federal Capital Territory Administration ( FCTA), Muktar Galadima said rescue operation was ongoing with combined team of several agencies, and that about seven persons have been rescued and taken to hospital.

He said while no casualty had been confirmed, several workers were still trapped on the rumbles of the ill-fated building.

The Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council ( AMMC) Umar Shuaibu said that while the council won’t appropriate blame to anybody, but that investigation will commence immediately to ascertain both the remote and immediate cause of the collapse

According to an eyewitness, James Okon, said the workers in the site, especially laborers conveying blocks to the top, were over 40.

He claimed to have lived in the area for many years and always known the place to be a reserved green area.

Okon urged relevant authorities to call the management of Federal Housing Authority to question, for illegally allocating Green areas to commercial complex.

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