A building collapsed on Sunday in Obosi, near Onitsha, Anambra State, killing a nursing mother and injuring several others.
Th nursing mother didn’t survive the collapse but her 6-month-old baby was saved. Also while victims some were rescued with varying degrees of injury, many others were trapped under the rubble.
An eyewitness told Punch that the one-storey
building collapsed around 4pm on Sunday.
“We still suspect that many are trapped in the rubble. The woman died instantly, while her baby was rescued alive,” the eyewitness said.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the incident, saying the corpse of the deceased had been deposited in a morgue, while investigation was ongoing to ascertain the cause of the collapse.
Mohammed said the site had been cordoned off by the police and other security agencies, while efforts were ongoing to rescue other victims believed to have been trapped inside the building.
He said, “On Sunday, a one-storey building suddenly collapsed at Umuota village, Obosi town, in the Idemili North LGA of Anambra State.“The scene was visited and cordoned off by policemen attached to the Obosi Division and other security agencies in order to prevent hoodlums from taking advantage to loot, while effort is ongoing to rescue other victims suspected to have been trapped in the building.
“One person, a woman of about 40 years old, whose name has yet to be ascertained, was pronounced dead by a medical doctor and her baby is responding to treatment.“The corpse was deposited in the St. Edward’s Mortuary for preservation. The case is under investigation to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident.”