JUST IN: 3 dead as two-storey building under construction collapses in Rivers

At least three persons have lost their lives when a building under construction collapsed at Ngbodo-Aluu community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.

An eyewitness said the three persons who lost their lives in the incident were labourers engaged in construction work.

The Rivers State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Commandant Michael Besong Ogar, who led a rescue team to the scene, blamed the incident on use of sub standard material.

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Ogar stated that preliminary Investigation showed that the rods, pillars and blocks used in construction of the building were far below the required specifications.

“It is high time Nigerians began to take responsibility for their actions most especially when life of humans are involved, the collapse of the two (2) Storey building at Aluu in Ikwerre Local Government Area could have actually been avoided if standardized materials and right specifications were used.

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Owners of buildings and landlords are hereby advised to be wary of desperate and quack building contractors who cares only about their pockets and not the lives of innocent people,” he said.

In a related development, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has ordered the arrest of some Federal Housing Authority (FHA) officials and the developer of the two-storey building that collapsed in Abuja on Friday.

No fewer than 24 persons were trapped in the collapsed building at 6th Avenue in Gwarimpa Estate, with three confirmed dead and 21 rescued.

Coordinator of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Umar Shuaibu, said that the minister gave the order to carry out the arrest when he addressed media yesterday, February 4.

He said the minister issued an arrest warrant for manslaughter against the developer, the FHA officers overseeing the development, the officer-in-charge of issuing the development permission, and the engineer supervising the project.

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