Search and Rescue team of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), FCT Emergency Management Agency, Nigeria Security andCivil Defense Corp (NSCDC), the Nigerian Police and a construction company have rescued 10 trapped workers from a collapsed two-storey building under construction in Dawaki, off Kubwa Expressway, Abuja on Saturday.
Confirming the report, NEMA said 3 trapped workers had minor injuries,while 7 were taken to the hospital with one of them fatally injured having been covered by the rubbles. He was also the last to be removed.
The Director Search and Rescue of NEMA, Air Commodore Edward Adedokun, while addressing media at the site, said “there was a building collapse at the early hours of Saturday 25 July 2020 at about 10:40am at a construction site located at News Engineering, Dawaki off Kubwa dual Express way.
“Upon receipt of an alert around 10:50am, the SAR team from NEMA Abuja Operations Office scrambled to the site.
“Soon enough DG FCT Emergency Management Agency Idris Abbas and his team, the Nigerian Police led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations FCT Command, Director Development Control FCDA, FCT Fire Service, NSCDC, MOPOL and order responders were at the site along with ERT from HQ NEMA.
“Appropriate equipment were deployed to excavate the rubbles of the collapsed structure in the search for and immediate rescue of any persons trapped within.
“All hands were on deck for the SAR operation. I was there to coordinate the emergency agencies and stakeholders.
“10 persons were rescued in the morning with 3 of them injured and evacuated to Kubwa Gen Hospital. About 5:19pm the evening one body was recovered and taken to Kubwa Gen Hospital.”
He said the Operation came to close about 6:25pm and the site handed over to the Police.