The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has officially called off the Search and Rescue Operations at the site of the collapsed building in Jabi, Abuja.
The agency confirmed one person dead and six injured after the operations.
But an eyewitness, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told DAILY POST on Friday that the building collapsed because it was built with substandard materials, noting that two persons died at the scene.
According to NAN, Mr. Mustapha Maihaja officially called off the rescue operation after the Search and Rescue team confirmed that there was no remaining body trapped under the rubbles of the collapsed building.
He said that one of the six injured persons was in critical condition and was receiving adequate medical attention.
Maihaja said that professionals were deployed to the scene, trained personnel and facilities were also mobilized to ensure a thorough job.
“The incident happened unannounced, the FCT Emergency Management Agency that is responsible responded promptly.
“All other stakeholders brought their support to assist them and a good work has been done to rescue those that were trapped.
“It is an uncompleted building that was abandoned for a long time and I was made to understand that there were no people living there, only the illegal occupants were there.
“Seven people were brought out, one was certified dead, one severely wounded among those injured
“This is a professional job, professionals were deployed here. They professionally combed the whole site and they could not find any other than what they were able to get.
“I think when a professional speak we should respect their opinion,’’ Maihaja said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) further learnt that those injured were immediately rushed to the Gwarinpa General Hospital for treatment after which they were referred to Zankli Hospital, Jabi.
The corpse of the victim has, however, been deposited at the Asokoro General Hospital.
To avoid reoccurrences of such unfortunate incidences, some stakeholders have called for the need for professionalism and proper inspection of buildings under constructions by the relevant agencies.
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