Five-Storey Building Owned by Former Governor Okorocha Collapses in Abuja

A five-storey building belonging to former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, collapsed on Ahmadu Bello Way in Abuja around 9 PM yesterday, causing widespread panic in the neighborhood.

According to The Nation, the building was undergoing renovation at the time of the collapse. Eyewitnesses reported that some individuals might have been trapped inside. One witness described the scene: “There is a possibility that there could be some people inside the collapsed building who may have died. I saw two people being pulled out from the rubble and taken to the hospital while rescue operations were ongoing. The emergency responders are not coordinated yet for efficient operations.”

In a swift response, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, led by Commissioner of Police Benneth C. Igweh, cordoned off the area and began rescue efforts. Police spokesperson Josephine Adeh confirmed that three individuals were rescued and transported to the hospital for medical treatment.

The statement from the police read: “The FCT Police Command hereby confirms that yesterday, July 1, 2024, about 8:40 PM, there was a building collapse at Unity House, Area 11 by Nkwere Street. In response to the distress call, the Commissioner of Police, FCT, CP Benneth C. Igweh, psc, mni, promptly moved to the scene with multiple patrol teams as first responders to cordon off the area for possible rescue. Three victims were successfully evacuated from the collapsed building and rushed to the hospital for medical care.”

Rescue operations are ongoing as authorities continue to search for any additional survivors.


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