- Some traders in the popular Ochanja market in Onitsha, Anambra state have escaped death
- The traders escaped being trapped in the rubbles of a collapsed plaza they were staying before the structure caved in
- The collapsed structure was one of the plazas partially burned last October during a fire incident at the market
A building reportedly collapsed on Thursday, December 26 at the Ochanja market in Onitsha, Anambra state.
According to The Nation, the collapsed structure was one of the plaza partially burnt last October during a fire incident at the market.
The report revealed that some persons, who were inside the building around 3:30 pm, fled before the structure caved in.
An eyewitness, who identified himself as Chuka, said none of the traders was trapped in the collapsed structure.
His words: “I don’t think anyone was trapped inside the debris. Most of them were fast enough to escape.”
Police spokesman Haruna Mohammed confirmed nobody was trapped in the building.
He said the police patrol team led by the DPO had visited the scene.
“Yes, the building partially collapsed, but nobody was trapped. There was no loss of life and no injury sustained by any person,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Akwa Ibom government has denied demolishing illegal structures in the state on Christmas day.
The state commissioner for lands and water resources, Arc. Ime Ekpo, said the stories about illegal demolition on social media were false.
“We carried out demolition last week Friday, on Monday and Tuesday. There was no demolition on Wednesday which was Christmas day.
“You are at liberty to go to those affected and find out, there was no demolition on Christmas day. And there was no single gunshot as insinuated,” he told journalists in Uyo, the state capital.
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