By Phil Okose, Onits
The incident reportedly occurred at about 2pm. An eye witness said those trapped were workers and the site engineer.
“They were working at the site when suddenly, we heard loud sound which happened to be the building that collapsed. People came to rescue the four persons but others are still buried in the debris,” the source said, urging the state government to come with heavy equipment to rescue others.
The Divisional Police Officer for Onitsha Central Police Station, Mr. Ifeanyi Iburu, led a team of security operatives to assist on the rescue mission. He disclosed that he had called the chairman of Onitsha North local government area and others to know how to rescue the trapped victims.
He said, “What is needed here is something like excavator or bulldozer. It needs machines to raise the wreckages”.
Confirming the incident, the state chairman, Nigerian Red Cross Society, Prof. Peter Katchy, said the rescued victims had been rushed to hospital for medical attention.
“One of the persons rescued by Red Cross is at the intensive care unit of the Holy Rosary Hospital, Waterside, Onitsha, while another is at General Hospital Onitsha. Four are still trapped under the debris of the collapsed building, including the site engineer,” he said.
He noted that an excavator and some earth moving vehicles were expected to assist in the rescue mission.