Just In: Two-storey Building Collapses In Owerri

A two-story building located in Owerri, Imo State capital collapsed on Wednesday morning.

It was gathered that the building located at Road 5 Extension Avenue in the Umuguma area of Owerri, collapsed around 5.00am.

Operatives of Owerri Capital Development Authority who were spotted at the scene thereafter were reportedly sealing up the building.

One of the workers told the outlet that they were directed to seal up the building.

“I am from the operations Department of OCDA. We have the mandate of the leadership to seal this place and ensure safety. That is what we have done. As you can see there was no casualty. Nobody was in the building at the time it collapsed. They are about to round off the building before it caved in. To the glory of God, the workers doing the finishing works were not present.

“We have sealed it and a probe has been ordered into it. We will find out who gave the owner a building permit and approval. What kind of an engineer was in charge. Who were the surveyor and architects? These are the things we will find out because it is the constitutional responsibility of our Agency to do so,” he said.

A resident of the area also said; 

“It was in the morning when we were still asleep that we heard an unusual noise. We rushed out only to behold that this building had caved in. At first, we were scared. We thought the workers doing the finishing touches slept there. We made contact and we were told that the workers left in the evening.

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“OCDA people are here. After going around the building, they sealed it. Just look at the millions of naira which had been wasted now with the collapse of this building. In this harsh economy; in this Buhari’s regime? This is saddening. I condole with the young man who owns this place. He must be going through a lot now.”


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