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Osinbajo visits scene of collapsed building in abuja, commends rescue efforts

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Acting president Yemi Osinbajo visited the scene of the collapsed building in Jabi area of Abuja.

Tragedy struck when a four-storey building under construction collapsed at about 2 p.m. Friday.

Two people are feared dead, several injured and many others still trapped.

Acting president osinbajo described the event as ‘very unfortunate’, he also commended rescue efforts at the scene.

He said:” The whole rescue process is well underway, as you can see all the emergency equipments are here which is enough to rescue those trapped.

“I am satisfied so far with the level of activities to ensure that this unfortunate incident is not made worse”. He said.

It was gathered that the building had been abandoned for over 15 years by the owner who recently mobilised workers to continue the construction of the structure.

The incident caused heavy gridlock with many residents and passersby converging at the spot of the collapse.

According to multiple witnesses, more than 10 people are currently inside the debris while two people have been reported dead.

Witnesses said poor construction contributed to the collapsed, they explained that the building was construction inferior materials.

“The workers, including some women selling groundnut are trapped inside.”

A police officer said two people have been confirmed dead but did not speak on record.

Some rescue victims including the contractor who have various degrees of injuries have been rushed to hospital.

An eyewitness said one of the workers trapped inside the rubble contacted him on phone, but “I could not hear him clearly.”

A worker who narrowly escaped the tragedy said over 50 people work there.

According to the worker, the building has been there for more than eight years.

“There is a sewage inside that piece of land and this contributed to the collapse,” the worker said.

 


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