Many trapped as Rochas Okorocha’s 5-storey building collapses in Abuja

A five-storey building belonging to Rochas Okorocha, a former governor of Imo State, has collapsed.

The building was located along Ahmadu Bello Way in Abuja.

Eyewitnesses say the building, which was under renovation, collapsed on Tuesday evening.

It was gathered that security operatives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command immediately cordoned off the area.

Eyewitnesses said some persons might have been trapped in the building.

“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 now and taken to the hospital while rescue operations were ongoing. The emergency responders are not coordinated yet for efficient operations,” an eyewitness said.

But a statement signed by the spokesperson of the Command, Josephine Adeh, said three persons were rescued from the collapsed building.

The statement partly reads: “The FCT Police Command hereby confirms that yesterday, July 1, 2024, about 8:40 p.m., 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.”

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