Abdulkadir Nasiru, a 20-year-old construction worker, was killed while another sustained a serious injury when a three-story building collapsed in the popular Kantin Kwari Textiles Market in Kano State.
On Tuesday, June 7, the incident happened at around 12:30p.m at Unity Road, an ever-busy street in the market.
A source Mr. Rabi’u Yahaya said that the building, which was under construction, suddenly collapsed while traders and customers were busy tradings.
He said, “I was pushing my cart with some loads in it when I heard a thunderous sound with thick dust renting the air. I was a bit far from the place, but I saw when the building was collapsing.”
According to the eyewitness the two floors in the building had been completed while the third floor was under construction.
Dr. Nuradeen Abdullahi, the Kano Territorial Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, who confirmed the incident said that the three-story building was under construction at the famous textile market when it caved in.
He said the NEMA rescue team was sent to the scene and was still combing the debris to rescue more persons that might have been trapped.
The spokesman of the Kano State Fire Service, Mr. Saminu Yusif Abdullahi, said that they received a distress call at about 12:40 p.m. that a three-storey building had collapsed at Unity Road in the textiles market.
After receiving the information, the firefighters rushed to the scene at about 12:45p.m, according to him.
He added that victims were taken to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital.