Four siblings killed as building collapses after downpour in Enugu

Felix Jacob
Felix Jacob
Sarafa Isola

Four siblings have been killed in a building collapse at Agric quarters in the Mgbenema axis of the coal camp in Enugu state.

Uche Anya, chairman of the Enugu Capital Territory Development Agency (ECTDA),  confirmed the incident on Saturday after inspecting the site of the collapsed building.

Anya said the building collapsed around 8pm on Friday after a downpour.

He said the structure was approved for animal husbandry but was converted into a residential building.

Anya disclosed that the building had 44 rooms with about 200 residents, adding that the structure was not fit for housing.

“As soon as we got the intelligence, we rushed to the place. Four children died in the episode,” he said.

“It was danger waiting to happen. The construction was irresponsible.

“The place should never have been occupied by human beings. In fact, go there and see.

“Apparently, they claim that they are doing animal husbandry and poultry there but it turned out that there are 44 rooms that human beings are occupying and there must have a population of over 200 people there.

“The fence line was totally unacceptable, nobody does that, and unfortunately, the people we lost in that tragedy are innocent children and it is very painful.”

The chairman said the agency would continue to sensitise the public on the need to live in a more conducive environment to avoid disaster.

He said the compliance unit of the agency would ensure that structures erected by landlords and contractors adhere strictly to the state’s approval plan.

The ECTDA also gave immediate quit notice to residents of the building and four other buildings close to the scene of the incident.

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