Three people were said to have died yesterday when a two-storey building collapsed in Gwarinpa area of Abuja.
About 20 people were rescued and many were still reportedly trapped under the rubble last night. It turned out that the building collapsed around 10:18.
Gwarinpa District is an area allocated by the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for the development of mass housing.
Coordinator of Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Umar Shuaibu, said investigations would be launched immediately to ascertain the proximate and immediate causes of the collapse. According to eyewitness John Edwin, the workers in the place, especially the laborers, were more than 50 years old.
Edwin called on the relevant authorities to question the management of FHA for the illegal allocation of green spaces to commercial complexes.
The police also sent their officers for rescue operations.
The FCT Commissioner of Police (CP), Sadiq Abubakar, who personally visited the scene, assured the people that the police would provide the necessary support and push to stay away to facilitate rescue operations.