Five dead, 26 rescued, hospitalized, in Anambra building collapse

Following the building colapse that occured at odu -Igbo market, ochanja, Anambra state Monday night, 26 persons have been rescued, while five casualties have been recorded so far. 

Anambra state Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, who rushed to the scene Tuesday, wept uncontrollably, saying, rescue opération still ongoing. 

Addressing the crowd at the scene of the incident, Soludo expressed  sadness at the incident, describing it as “tragic and an incident that was not supposed to happen.”

The Governor announced that 26 individuals had been rescued and hospitalized, five casualties recorded, with rescue efforts ongoing to locate those still trapped under the rubbles 

He reinstated his commitment to tackling the issue of illegal constructions and impunity in the state.

Soludo, further, revealed that the collapsed building was erected by a private developer without government approval.

According to him, “The contractor at his own cost will come and put down the illegal buildings he erected here.

“They are all going to come down. My government did not approve of this building. We will redesign this area and build it properly.”

“All buildings constructed without proper approval will be brought down henceforth, including structures currently under construction at other markets.

“A comprehensive inventory of buildings in Anambra markets and public places will be conducted.

“Markets will undergo integrity tests to identify and remove potentially unsafe structures and individuals found responsible for illegal construction will face legal consequences, “the Governor maintained.

He emphasized the importance of prioritizing public safety, vowing to eradicate “the impunity and lawlessness” surrounding unauthorized construction.

“We can’t afford to waste one life because of the greed of a few.”

He revealed further that the hospital bills of those receiving treatment would be undertaken by the government 

The Governor therefore, condoled  the families of those who lost their lives

The  Chairman of Ochanja Market, Mr. Bonaventure Mmuo, pledged to disseminate the Governor’s message to all market leaders in the state.

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