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Scores die, many trapped in Ebonyi, Kano buildings’ collapse



Kano Building Collapse

Tanker explosion kills two, razes five trucks in Abia

OVER 10 persons have been confirmed dead while many other are still being trapped in two different cases of building collapse in Ebonyi and Kano States between Tuesday evening and yesterday.

  The Ebonyi case involved a five-storey building that is still under construction in No 3 Prince Maris Avenue, Mgbabor Street, behind Presco Campus of Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki ,while a three-storey building collapsed in Kanti Kwari Textile Market in Kano.

  Eyewitnesses said the Abakaliki building caved in during a heavy downpour during which about six corpses were recovered from the carnage while many, including those working in the site, are feared to have been trapped in the debris.

  According to a resident of the area who craved anonymity, the building belonged to a businessman from Nsukka in Enugu State.

  “The owner of the building is a businessman from Nsukka in Enugu State, but the engineer handling the project is from South West. It is a twin five-storey building but the one that collapsed was already completed while the second one is at level three. We don’t know why the building collapsed but government officials came here yesterday and ordered a stop work on the site,” he said.

  Also, four construction workers died when the Kano building collapse occurred around 12:35 pm, yesterday.

  Although eyewitnesses said two were identified as Abdulkadir Nasiru and Nasiru Shafiu, residents in rescue effort could not identify the other two victims apart from many others that sustained different degrees of injuries.

  In another development, two men were confirmed dead following a tanker explosion in Chibyno Filling Station, along Alaoji-Ikot-Ekpene Road, Obingwa Local Government Area, Abia State, yesterday.

  Five trucks were consumed by the fire caused by the explosion at the site.

  Speaking while confirming the explosion, Aba Fire Service Zonal Commander, Belenta Belenta said the blast rocked the area while the victims discharging petroleum products from their oil bunkering facilities before daybreak.

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