Eight people are said to be fighting for their lives when a 20-story hotel building under construction in Asaba, Delta State, fell Thursday evening.
The multibillion-naira hotel is directly across the street from Delta Mall in Asaba (Shoprite).
Chief Gabriel Ogbechie, the millionaire businessman and founder of Rain Oil Group, owns the building.
An eyewitness reported hearing a loud noise as workers were engaged in construction activity.
According to the eyewitness, Onyinye Okei, roughly eight people were injured and were transported to the hospital by their colleagues.
Mr. Michael Anoka, the State Commissioner for Urban Renewal, told reporters after inspecting the structure that the incident was caused by a building flaw.
Anoka, who stated that there were no casualties, added, “The Ministry is still investigating.” The government is already taking precautions, as evidenced by the fact that the site has been locked. Following our inquiry, we will produce a report on what occurred here today.
“Everyone should remain calm; the government had already begun measures prior to today’s incident.” We are attempting to establish a procedure that will allow us to prevent such scenarios.”
Officials from the State Emergency Management Agency and security personnel have roped off the area where the event occurred.