We’ll arrest owner of Abuja collapsed building, Wike declares

Nyesom Wike, minister of Federal Capital Territory FCT, says the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) will identify and arrest the owner of a two-storey building which collapsed in Abuja on Wednesday night.

Recall, THE WITNESS had reported that the building, a plaza, located at Lagos Crescent, Garki Village in the Garki District caved in during the heavy downpour on Wednesday. The structure had at least 39 residents, with two certified dead, and 37 rescued.

Speaking at the scene of the incident, Wike who noted that original residents of the area were designated for resettlement, however wondered why for years, the FCT Administration could not carry out such resettlement.

While he applauded the rescue efforts, Wike said; “It is unfortunate that we woke this morning to the very disturbing news of this building collapse. It is not what we contemplated. Let me thank the agencies particularly NEMA and FEMA that have supported us to rescue not less than 37 lives. It is unfortunate that we lost two lives. I will appeal to the Permanent Secretary to make sure that funds are raised to pay the hospital bills of those who were rescued so that we do not lose any more person, and this should be done immediately.