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General News of Friday, 4 June 2021


Two-storey building collapses in Anambra, family of three escapes death

The collapsed building The collapsed building

A six-member family have luckily escaped death after the collapse of a two-storey building at Amawbia bypass, Awka South Local Government Area.

According to reports, the building totally collapsed on a residential building and a shop around 11 pm on Wednesday, June 2.

Four members of the family sustained minor injuries while two were seriously injured and currently receiving medical attention in a hospital.

It was further learnt that properties and goods worth over a million naira were destroyed due to the incident

Head of the family, Mr Augustine Ikeji thanked God for saving his wife and children especially his 2-year-old daughter, who was buried by the debris.

On her part, the landlady of the affected residential building, Mrs Amaka Okonkwo, a widow and the shop owner, whose goods were trapped by the collapsed building, Mr Sunday Nwaezi blamed the incident on substandard materials, unveiling that the building started to give signs of collapse before its completion.

Speaking during his visit to the scene of the incident, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Awka Capital Territory Development Authority, ACTDA, Venerable Amaechi Okwuosa described it as unfortunate and disclosed that the building was built without adequate approval from ASUDEB.

Okwuosa, who revoked the ownership of the land said, it now belongs to Anambra State Government as contained in relevant sections of the state laws on building collapse.

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