A two-storey building under construction in Dawaki, off Kubwa Expressway, Abuja collapsed today. Search and Rescue team of NEMA, FCT Emergency Management Agency, Nigeria SecurityandCivilDefense Corp (NSCDC), The Nigerian Police and a construction company rescued 10 trapped workers. 3 had minor injuries, 7 were taken to the hospital which one of them was fatally injured having been covered by the rubbles and being the last to be removed.
The Director Search and Rescue of NEMA Air Commodore Edward Adedokun, while addressing media at the site, said “there was a building collapse at the early hours of today 25 Jul 20 at about 1040hrs at a construction site located at News Engineering, Dawaki off Kubwa dual Express way.
“Upon receipt of an alert around 1050hrs, the SAR team from NEMA Abuja Operations Office scrambled to the site. Soon enough DG FCT Emergency Management Agency Idris Abbas and his team, The Nigerian Police led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations FCT Command, Director Development Control FCDA, FCT Fire Service, NSCDC, MOPOL and order responders were at the site along with ERT from HQ NEMA.
“Appropriate equipment were deployed to excavate the rubbles of the collapsed structure in the search for and immediate rescue of any persons trapped within. All hands were on deck for the SAR operation. I was there to coordinate the emergency agencies and stakeholders.
“10 persons were rescued in the morning with 3 of them injured and evacuated to Kubwa Gen Hospital. About 1719hrs the evening one body was recovered and taken to Kubwa Gen Hospital.
The Operation came to close at about 1825hrs and the site handed over to the Police.