The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has officially called off the Search and Rescue Operations at the site of the collapsed building in Jabi, Abuja, as it confirmed one person dead and six injured.
Mustapha Maihaja made the official confirmation on Saturday in Abuja to clarify the conflicting figures on the numbers of death and those injured from the unfortunate incident.
Maihaja officially called off the rescue operation after the Search and Rescue team confirmed that there was no remaining body buried under the rubbles of the collapsed building.
He said that one of the six injured persons was in critical condition and was receiving adequate medical attention.
Maihaja said that professionals were deployed to the scene, trained personnel and facilities were also mobilized to ensure a thorough job.
“The incidence happened unannounced, the FCT Emergency Management Agency that is responsible responded promptly.
“All other stakeholders brought their support to assist them and a good work has been done to rescue those that were trapped.
“It is an uncompleted building that was abandoned for a long time and I was made to understand that there were no people living there, only the illegal occupants were there.
“Seven people were brought out, one was certified dead, one severely wounded among those injured
“This is a professional job, professionals were deployed here. They professionally combed the whole site and they could not find any other than what they were able to get.
“ I think when a professional speak we should respect their opinion,’’ Maihaja said.
Those injured were immediately rushed to the Gwarinpa General Hospital for treatment after which they were referred to Zankli Hospital, Jabi.
The corpse of the victim has, however, been deposited at the Asokoro General Hospital.