Five persons were feared dead, on Thursday, when a three-storey building under construction collapsed, in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
An eyewitness said the building, which was near the temporary site of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, collapsed probably on account of the torrential rain of the previous day.
Our source, who gave his name as Nwafor, said that he was passing by the building, when he heard a noise and ran away before the structure collapsed.
Some have blamed the building’s collapse on the use of sub-standard materials and the use non-professional builders in its construction.
Nwafor said he saw five persons, who were cooking inside the building before it collapsed.
“But I cannot ascertain whether or not they escaped from the building before it collapsed, Nwafor said, adding that
“another three-storey building under construction, adjacent the collapsed one, which is also being handled by the same builder, is showing cracks on its walls”.
“Touch the blocks, you will see that they are just sand. The speed with which they pursued the construction of the building was horrible”.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Okechukwu said he had heard about the incident, but had not received formal report from the Divisional Police officer in charge of the area.
He said he would get back to our correspondent after he had been well briefed about the incident.
It would be recalled that the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, had, last year, banned the construction of high-rise building above two storey building in the state following cases of building collapse, especially in Onitsha.