Contractor, others trapped as 4-storey building collapse in Onitsha

A four-storey building has collapsed at Ezenwa Street, Onitsha, Anambra state this afternoon Wednesday, May 22nd.

An eyewitnesses to the disaster revealed that the Four-storey building which was under construction, collapsed about 2pm with many of the artisans working in the construction site trapped inside the rubble.

The cause of the collapse might not be unconnected with the weak building materials used for the construction.

Seven persons have been rescued alive from the rubble while the remaining six, including the contractor, were still entrapped in the rubble.

Report say some of the men trapped in the collapsed building are still answering their phones as efforts are being made to rescue everyone alive.

According to reports, the building was marked for demolition, but the owner allegedly bribed officials and the demolition did not hold.

“The building has been marked for demolition, but the government officials always take a bribe. The building has been giving signs of weakness but whenever government officials come, the owner always bribes them.
“The owners always boast they have people in government that they can bribe to overlook the proposed demolition of the building” one of the residents alleged.