Rescue efforts are still ongoing after a building collapse at Lagos Street in the Garki Village area of Abuja killed at least two people, emergency officials have said.
The Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency said crews had rescued 37 people. FEMA spokesperson Nkechi Isa confirmed the incident.
According to her, the agency’s Search and Rescue team is awaiting excavators to intensify the search and ensure no victim is left in the rubble.
“A combined team of the FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Road Safety Corps,(FRSC), FCT Police Command, and the VIO are on the ground to carry out the rescue efforts
“The two-storey building which serves both residential and commercial purposes collapsed on Wednesday night. 37 persons were rescued alive, while 2 others were fatally injured.”
Already, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike was present at the scene of a collapsed building.
Addressing journalists at the incident scene on Thursday morning, Wike reiterated his earlier comment that buildings without proper approval within the nation’s capital would be pulled down.
“This is what we are saying: any building without approval will go down.
“We don’t hate anybody. All we are saying is the proper thing should be done,” he said.
He commended the efforts of all stakeholders working hard manually to rescue trapped persons, including members of the community.