Efforts are still ongoing to rescued trapped victims at the site of the seven storey building collapse in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state.
According to reports, dozens of victims still feared trapped and rescue operations hindered by inadequacy of equipment to cut through each of seven 28-inch concrete decking now piled against its basement..
Fresh report by an eyewitness indicates that the basement from both ends of the building has been opened up. It was also gathered that the major difficulty is at the middle of the building within which the stairway stood. It became a compressed pile of rubble upon the collapse. A lucky survivor, simply identified as Ogoni born Christian, was pulled out bleeding on the nose four days after the collapse.
Meanwhile, Governor Nyesom Wike, who declared the owner of the building wanted to face inquiry, and the police authorities in Rivers, who now have the landlord and other key stakeholders in custody, have refused to reveal his (landlord) identity. Speculations have however mostly pointed to a Bayelsan born power broker with vast investments in hospitality business in Port Harcourt and beyond.
Police Public Relations Officer, Rivers State Command, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed that the architect and other key persons involved in the failed project were also in custody.