At least one person has been confirmed dead and several others trapped when an uncompleted four-storey building collapsed at Daki-Biu junction, Jabi Abuja on Friday.
The building which was undergoing construction collapsed around 1.30pm trapping construction workers in the rubble. National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) mobilized earth-movers, cranes and other rescue equipment to the site as rescue efforts tried to reached the trapped.
At least eight people had been pulled alive from the rubble and rushed to Wuse District Hospital which received one dead and four injured persons. Others were taken to Gwarinpa District Hopsital at Life Camp. Construction companies like Julius Berger and Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) also joined in the efforts with excavators and other heavy equipment.
However, rescue was called off after 24 hours leading to protests from residents in the area who insisted that there were still many trapped underneath the rubble. Securitymen used teargas to disperse the protesters and insisted on keeping watch at the scene to prevent scavengers.