An uncompleted building has collapsed in Dutse Alhaji in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, claiming three lives, while nine other persons were injured in the incident that occurred in the early hours of today.
The National Emergency Management Agency’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Yushau Shuaib, confirmed the incidents and the deaths.
NEMA had reported the recovery of two bodies at the beginning of the rescue operations, but a third body was recovered and confirmed dead by rescue operatives as at the time of filling this report.
The agency said that nine persons, who were critically injured, were receiving treatment at the Garki General Hospital, in the FCT.
Meanwhile, some eyewitnesses, who spoke with newsmen, said that work on the affected building had been put on hold for many years.
Mr. Ahmed Tijani, another resident of the area, said that the building before the accident accommodated more than 50 artisans, motor cyclists, water vendors, and refuse disposal boys.
The Chairman of the Bwari Area Council, Mr Peter Yohanna, told newsmen that the building had been abandoned for many years by its owners after it failed an integrity test for approval.
Also commenting on the incident, Mr. Mayas Adoyi, Director Engineering, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN, said that investigations into the cause of the collapse would be conducted.