Two persons have been confirmed dead from the three-storey building that collapsed in Kubwa Satellite town, Abuja on Friday while five persons have been rescued alive.
The Director Department of Development Control of the FCDA , Murktar Galadima who gave the confirmation described the situation as unfortunate.
The Minister of State FCT, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, commiserated with families affected by the building collapse.
At the scene of the incident, The Minister who thanked the first responders and institutions of the FCT Administration for their tireless work in rescuing affected persons, Stressed the need for people to abide by the development guidelines to prevent such occurrence
Dr Aliyu while wishing the injured speedy recovery, prayed for the repose of persons who died in the unfortunate incidence.
She further encouraged Nigerians to always patronize professionals to guard against the consequences of patronizing quacks.
According to the Minister, a committee would be set up to investigate the root cause of the collapse, as well as carry out integrity test on the building.
On his part, the Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, Umar Shuaibu blamed the incident on quackery and sharp practices of some developers.
In a remark, the Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to the FCT Minister, Comrade Ikharo Attah, said the owner of the property was fore-warned by concerned residents, but refused to listen
Comrade Attah noted that the FCTA had the power to revoke any collapsed building land for conversion into a park or garden for residents around the neighborhood.
Reporting by Remi Johnson; editing by Fany Olumoye and Daniel Adejo