No fewer than two persons have been reportedly killed and five others trapped in the rubble after a three-storey building collapsed along Azikiwe road in Aba, Abia State.
It was learnt that the victims were homeless residents who sleep in an open building, construction, or abandoned sites in Aba area of the state.
As gathered, the incident occurred during early hours of Wednesday after the rain on Tuesday night and that the collapsed building was under construction.
Reacting to the development, the state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, who commiserated with victims’ families, directed immediate demolition of the whole building as part of measure to avert future occurrence.
Through a statement by the state’s Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi-Kalu, Ikpeazu asked the Abia State Environmental Protection Agency alongside the Aba South LGA Town Planning Authority to effect the full and safe demolition.
“The government received with sadness news of the collapse of the three-storey building, which was under construction in the early hours of today, and the Governor immediately directed relevant agencies to the location as well as mobilised earth moving equipment to the site on a search and rescue mission,” the statement read.