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Five injured in Minna warehouse collapse

Five persons were injured and two others rescued unhurt when a one storey warehouse building in Sabin Gari area of Minna collapsed.

The incident occurred on Friday when two trailer loads of soft drinks were offloaded into the warehouse.

It was learnt seven people were trapped in the building while rescue operations lasted until 11 pm on Friday. The injured taken to the Minna General Hospital.

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The Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) Director General, Abdullahi Baba-Arah said no approval was given for conversion of the building from residential to a warehouse. He informed the building would be demolished.

“As at the time of filing this report, no life was lost. Five people were rescued with various degrees of injuries, while two people escaped unhurt.

“An excavator was brought in to help in clearing the debris for possible entrapment. NEMA also brought life detecting gadgets, but after intensive searching for about three hours, no one was trapped inside the building.

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“After the search and rescue operations, it was discovered that the story building was initially for residential purposes and later converted to a warehouse. The owner has no approval for a change of purpose, and it was also poorly constructed with substandard materials.

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“The warehouse was full to the brim with soft drinks of about 25 trucks, which overpowered the structure that led to its collapse. Meanwhile, the state urban development board has ordered for complete demolition of the structure, which will be affected tomorrow morning,” Baba-Arah said.

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