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Three-storey building collapses in Enugu

14 September 2013, 14:59

Enugu - A three-storey building under construction at Uwani, Enugu collapsed in the early hours of Saturday.
No casualty had been recorded at the incident.

Some of the witnesses who spoke to NAN said that they heard a heavy sound as well as people shouting in the early hours of the morning.

One of the witnesses, Chukwuebuka Okonkwo, said that when he heard the bang around 05:30, he ran out with his family.

"When I heard the sound and people shouting, I thought that it was a bomb blast and I told my family to run for safety.

"When I came out I saw that it was the uncompleted building near my house that was collapsing,’’ he said.

Another witness, Kanayo Enemkpali, said she was shocked that a building nearing completion could collapse in such a manner.

Enemkpali thanked God that no life was lost in the incident.

Reacting to the development, the Commissioner for Land and Urban Development, Dr Chukwuemeka Ujam, said that government did not give approval for the building of the house.

According to him, there is a design for this area and the height design of the building exceeded the design.

"We stopped the work on several occasions but we discovered that they chose to build at night to beat government’s order.

"I hope this serves as a deterrent to others who disobey government’s orders,’’ he said.

In his remarks, the Commissioner for Enugu Capital Territory Development, Ikechukwu Ugwuegede, said that government would commence full investigations into the incident.

-    NAN


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