JUST IN: 2 Dead, 5 Rescued In Abuja Building Collapse

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Two persons were feared dead in Abuja on Friday while five were rescued from the rubble after a storey building collapsed in Kubwa Satellite town in the Federal Capital.

The building, which was under construction at Hamza Abdullahi Street Off Gado Nasco Road, equally housed a shopping mall.

A combined team of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council and Federal Roads Maintenance Agency carried out the rescue operation.

Also among the rescued team were the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and others.

One of the residents, Mrs Chinyere Okah, who spoke with NAN, confirmed that the building, which was being converted from a shopping mall to a residential apartment, collapsed on Thursday night at about 10:30 p.m.

The Director-General, FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Alhaji Abbas Idriss, confirmed that two persons lost their lives in the incident, while the trapped persons had been rescued.

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Abbas explained that the agency received a distress call about the incident at 11.45 pm on Thursday evening and thereafter activated its stakeholders to the scene.

He revealed that five persons were rescued and taken to Kubwa District Hospital, noting that two of the patients had since been discharged.

“As a follow up to the developing story of the collapsed building at Kubwa, a suburb in the FCT, the two trapped persons in the rubble have been rescued fatally injured.

“The bodies of the two persons that lost their lives have been deposited at the Kubwa District Hospital mortuary. Their relatives have been identified and were making arrangements for their burial.

“The rescue operation at the collapsed site came to an end with five number of persons rescued alive, three with various degrees of injuries, while two persons were unhurt and discharged from the Kubwa District Hospital,” he said.

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