Two people have been confirmed dead after the collapse of a shopping mall in Kubwa, a satellite town in Abuja.
According to a PREMIUM TIMES report seen by OHAFIATV News, the shopping center, under construction, collapsed on Thursday night with seven people inside its premises.
Five of the victims were rescued by officials of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) on Friday morning as tractors continued to comb through the debris in search of the other two.
However, the Head of Public Affairs of the FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Nkechi Isa, in a statement, confirmed the death of the last two people.
She said the remains of the two were recovered and deposited in the Kubwa District Hospital morgue, where they were identified by relatives.
It also confirmed that three of the five people rescued alive from the ruins suffered varying degrees of injuries, while the two previously admitted for treatment at the district hospital were also released.
“The rescue operation at the collapsed site came to an end with five people rescued alive, three with varying degrees of injuries, while two people were uninjured and discharged from the Kubwa district hospital,” said Ms. Isa.
After the unfortunate incident, the minister of the FCT, Muhammad Bello, requested that an integrity test be carried out on the buildings in the area to prevent it from happening again.
A two-story building under construction in Abuja also collapsed in July 2020.
Unlike the last one, 10 people were trapped in the incident recorded in a residential building behind the Dawaki Modern Market, in the Galadima area of the FCT.