By Chioma Nnodim
Over forty persons have been reportedly trapped as a two storey commercial complex under construction collapsed at 7th avenue, Gwarimpa in the nation’s capital, Abuja, on Thursday.
Confirming the incident to Journalists, Director Development Control, Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Muktar Galadima said that rescue operation was ongoing with combined team of several agencies, and that about 7 persons have been rescued and taken to hospital.
He said that 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 eye witness, John Edwin 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 that he has always known the place to be a reserved green area.
Edwin urged relevant authorities to call the management of Federal Housing Authority to question, for illegally allocating Green areas to commercial complex.