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Building collapses during a downpour, yesterday, at Nkisi -Alori

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Many escape death as building collapses during a downpour, yesterday, at Nkisi -Alori

According to a report by TheGuardian, a three-story building collapsed yesterday at No. 22, Nkisi Aroli Street, Onitsha, Anambra State. The building, allegedly owned by a Chukwuma Njeka, collapsed after a downpour. Fortunately, no accident was registered.

The prison wall of Onitsha Prison (formerly known as Onitsha Prisons) also suffered a similar fate as the rear fence of the prison collapsed around 6:30 am during the rain. Eyewitnesses said that no death was recorded and no prisoners escaped from the facility due to the collapse.

State police spokesman Haruna Mohammed confirmed both incidents and said the crime scene had been cordoned off by police to prevent looters from exploiting the event while the rubble was also removed. He added that police chief John Abang had ordered the immediate deployment of police to secure the area.

While Mohammed confirmed eyewitness reports that no lives were lost in the disaster, he said the chief of police visited the scene and did not report any victims. “The building collapsed today (Wednesday) because of a downpour. There have been no losses, and the value of the damaged objects has yet to be determined.”

The police spokesman added that the police chief also visited Onitsha prison, where the rear fence of the prison collapsed after a downpour. The CP ordered the immediate deployment of police to secure the area.”

This follows the recent collapse of another three-story building that claimed five lives in Onitsha, the state’s industrial city. Shortly after the incident, the Anambra state government set up a probe panel to investigate the cause of the building’s collapse. This was reported by C. Don Adinuba, the Commissioner responsible for information and education, who pointed out that Governor Willie Obiano had assumed responsibility for paying the medical bills of victims still in the hospital.

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Meanwhile, Mrs. Abiola Kosegbe, Director General of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), has stated that many buildings in the state are in need. She spoke yesterday at a stakeholder meeting about collapsed buildings organized by the Lagos State Emergency Medical Services (LASEMA) in Alausa.

Kosegbe, who said the statistics were alarming, assured that the agency had taken stock and was already working to treat them. She appealed to residents to subject their buildings to an integrity test, noting that all hands must be on deck to prevent the collapse of buildings in the state.

“We intend to develop many things that will help prevent buildings from collapsing. Usually, when damaged structures are identified, we mark them, and the owners are expected to dismantle them or make necessary repairs. But now the government is proactive, and we mostly try to act before such buildings collapse.

“Currently, there are many emergency buildings in Lagos, and we have them inventoried. Hopefully, in the next two to three months, we will try to address the situation one by one,” she said.

LASEMA Director-General Dr. Femi Oke-Osayintolu said the meeting was convened because a holistic approach to preventing the collapse of buildings is needed. He said it was necessary to understand the remote causes of the destruction of the building in the state, adding that the administration of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had made the safety of life and property a priority.

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