From Paul Ibe
Chairman of the Anaocha local council of Anambra State, Mr Ikeobi Ejiofor, has confirmed the collapse of a three storey building in Eziora village, Adazi-Ani. Mr. Ejiofor expressed sadness over the ugly development, saying that the council would launch a private investigation into the remote cause of the collapse.
According to him, the report would be forwarded to the state government for further action.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Uchenna Ezeh, said “one man was killed while many others were wounded.
He however could not ascertain the name of the deceased at the time of sending in this report, adding that full investigation had begun into the incident
Owner of the building, Mr Uche Okeke told reporters that the incident occurred at about 3pm on September 25.
He said that the building, which was jointly owned by him and his five other brothers, was at the completion stage when it collapsed.
“Over 20 men were at work on site when the incident happened.
“One worker was still trapped then and so we immediately ordered for earth moving equipment from Onitsha and around to remove the rubbles and to save his life.
“By that time, we had reported to the Police who also helped in the rescue mission, but unfortunately, the man under the rubble died before help could get his way,” he said.
He said that the body of the deceased had been deposited at St. Joseph’s Hospital morgue, at Adazi-Nnukwu near the scene of incident.
One of the labourers, who identified himself as Olisa Obaze, said he broke his knee cap in an attempt to jump down from the three-storey building.