NewsExpress advert FCMB banner Fidelity bank banner NewsExpress advert
Tragedy in Onitsha, collapsed building crushes over 15

By News Express on 03/06/2014

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 3,139

Tears flowed freely yesterday as a four-storey building under construction collapsed and crushed over 15 persons in the commercial city of Onitsha in Anambra State.

Unofficial sources said the building located at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church by Old Cemetery Road collapsed due to poor construction and use of sub-standard materials.

It was gathered that over 15 labourers, who were said to be involved in some finishing works, including plastering were trapped in the building said to be near completion.

However, the Anglican Church authorities said only four people were trapped in the building.

According to sources, the building, which was being constructed by the Anglican Church, Diocese on Niger to serve as classroom blocks for pupils of St Christopher Primary School caved in due to apparent use of sub-standard building materials.

There were conflicting reports over the safety of the contractor handling the project as some eyewitnesses said he left the ill-fated building few minutes before it collapsed while others said he was still inside the building when it came crashing.

Some of the sympathisers said they watched helplessly while those trapped inside the building perished due to late arrival of the heavy equipment needed for evacuation of the rubble.

One of the teachers at St Christopher Primary School, who pleaded anonymity said some pupils had played inside the collapsed building during recess, adding that it came crashing few minutes after the bell signaling the end of the recess rang.

“This place has been where our children run into to play each time there was break. So, today, as usual, these children were inside the building playing and once it was 12.30pm, we rang the bell to call them back to their classes and shortly after that, we heard a loud noise with dust flaring over the entire compound. We looked with astonishment, because it was the building where our children were playing inside few minutes ago that collapsed,” the teacher said.

Another witness, who identified herself as Ngozi, said over 15 persons were working at various sections of the building before the incident.

According to her, those plastering the building were four including one person that was supplying them cement and sand while those working on the ceiling of the building were up to three.

“Apart from the four masons, there were other people including carpenters and those doing the PVC in the building. So, the casualty figure is more than four that the church told us. I was sitting here when the incident happened; that man whose hand you saw from the rubble was a man serving the mason men,” she said. The state Governor, Willie Obiano, immediately cut short his official engagement and ordered some major contractors working in various parts of the state to mobilize their equipment to the scene to see if any of the victims could be saved.

•Text courtesy of Daily Sun. Photo by Mazi Odera.

Source News Express

Posted 03/06/2014 12:00:25 PM


Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+



REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...


You may also like...
Ukah tasks Information Officers

Kebbi to revive Argungu International Fishing Festival

Nigeria to auction N110bn in bonds next week...

Chelsea tipped to win 2013-2014 Premiership •Man City...

Striking aviation workers to ground flight operations Monday...

Businessman offers $20,000 for every goal scored by...

Anambra guber: Igbo traders in Lagos endorse Obiano,...

Gana, Utomi, Soludo, Nwodo, others named as members...

INEC Chairman urges politicians to respect rules to...

Human Rights Commission charges security agencies to respect...

Ekweremadu, Ihedioha, Revenue Commission condole Onwubiko Family on...

Emefiele identifies cause of economic recession, gives solution...


Latest News BREAKING: Miracle wins BBNaija ‘Double Wahala’ Violence mars APC meeting; 3 killed during fracas, many wounded 2019: Okorocha vows to crush Madumere •Weeds out loyalists from government 3 soldiers, 2 Civilian JTF die in showdown with Boko Haram •Troops gun down 3 terrorists ‘2,000 medical doctors leave Nigeria yearly’ 3rd Force pitches tent with Nigerian workers ahead of May Day, launches PVC-Ballot revolution for 2019 in Lagos 3 masqueraders in police net over attack on church in Anambra FG not serious about wooing foreign investors — Sanusi Gunmen kill 22 farmers in Ortom’s town World Bank jacks up share capital by $13 billion Who wins Big Brother Naija’s N45m? APC group, PDP, SDP, Obasanjo’s CNM, others to form new party


Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (339,318 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (334,231 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (267,469 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (219,929 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (201,903 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (197,873 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (172,639 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (154,995 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (146,931 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (138,735 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (136,688 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (129,413 views)


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (36) Business & Economy (3,065) Business Verdict (40) Columnists (836) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (483) Features (568) Global Business Monitor (262) International (1,920) Interview (149) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (116) News (34,651) Opinion (915) Pidgin (10) Politics (4,800) Religion (722) Sports (1,483) Stock Watch (28) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update



NLNG Science and Literature Prize Awards




Boko Haram commanders surrender


APO Group Partner




REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera