Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Nyesom Wike Thursday ordered the immediate arrest of a yet to be identified owner of a two-storey building, which collapsed in Abuja on Wednesday night killing at least two people with several casualties.
Eye witness account say that no fewer than 37 persons were rescued from the debris of the structure and have been taken to different hospitals in the city for medical attention.
The building, situated at the Lagos crescent in a village within Garki district of Abuja is described as one of the oldest storey buildings in the area.
Garki village is situated directly opposite Garki Model market along Ladoke Akintola Boulevard and is habited mostly by original inhabitant of Abuja.
NewsQuest investigation show that the two-storey building went down at about 11pm on Wednesday amid heavy downpour.
Rescue operations according to our correspondent when the unfortunate incident happened was initially very slow over the night as there was no immediate access to an excavator to commence the process.
Speaking at the scene of the incident, the FCT minister, Wike confirmed that the original residents of the area were designated for resettlement. He expressed concern on why they were still occupying the area years after.
The minister however, applauded officials for the rescue efforts, saying that it was sad for residents of the city to wake up with the news of the collapsed structure.