By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
Several persons have been reportedly trapped in wreckages as a three-storey hotel building under construction collapsed in Abraka Community, Ethiope-East Local Government Area of Delta State.
Six others who are also part of the workers survived as they were quickly rescued by sympathisers in the area.
Details as to why the hotel building collapsed is still sketchy at the time of this report.
The owner of the collapsed hotel building, one Mr. Christopher Onojakpenuri is nowhere be found. Efforts to reach him were unsuccessful.
An eyewitness who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity said they discovered that some persons were still trapped hours after they’d rescued about six persons from the scene.
The eyewitness said,”I feel those people maybe dead by now because we just find this out now but we are trying our best possible to see how we can bring all the bodies we saw out from the collapsed building as I speak with you.
The eyewitness however blamed the building collapse on the use of “substandard” materials by its owner.
When contacted, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Adeyinka Adeleke in a telephone chat with Our Correspondent confirmed the report.
CP Adeleke said, “The building collapsed but we have not been able to ascertain the number of people who are trapped.
However, our men are on ground to rescue the victims and until we do that, I cannot tell you the number of those trapped.”