|Photos from the scene of the collapsed building|
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident occurred on Friday while construction work was ongoing at the building.
Speaking with NAN at the scene of the event, the Divisional Secretary, Nigerian Red Cross, Zaria branch, Malam Abdul-Muminu Adamu, said the incident was “unexpected and very frightening.”
“Shortly when the incident happened, a good Samaritan called and informed us and we reported at the scene immediately.
“The corpses of the deceased have been deposited at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika; while the injured persons are also responding to treatment at the same hospital,” he said.
The Director of the state fire service, Mr. Paul Fedelix-Aboi, described the incident as unfortunate, saying that the actual cause can only be ascertained after investigation.
The Executive Secretary, Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Ben Kure, described the incident as sad and frightening.
Kure said that on receiving the report of the incident, men of the agency were mobilised to the site to render assistance.
He said work was still ongoing at the scene of the incident to remove all the concrete in case other victims were still trapped.
Kure said that the agency would, on Saturday, present assistance to the families of the deceased and the injured persons.
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