A yet- to be 40-year-old identified nursing mother has been pronounced dead, while her six-month-old baby was rescued alive from a collapsed building in Obosi, near Onitsha, Anambra State, on Sunday.
Many were rescued with varying degrees of injury, while the report has it that more maybe be trapped.
An eyewitness told our source that the one-storey building collapsed around 4 pm, killing the woman instantly, while several others sustained varying degrees of injury.
The eyewitness said, “We still suspect that many are trapped inside. The woman died instantly, but her baby was rescued alive,”.
Haruna Mohammed, The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, confirmed the incident.
Mohammed said the corpse of the deceased had been deposited in a morgue, while an investigation was ongoing to find out the cause of the collapse.
Mohammed said the site had been cordoned off by the police and other security agencies, while efforts were ongoing to rescue other victims believed to have been trapped inside the building.
He said, “On Sunday, a one-storey building suddenly collapsed at Umuota village, Obosi town, in the Idemili North LGA of Anambra State.
The scene was visited and rounded off by policemen attached to the Obosi Division and other security agencies in order to prevent hoodlums from taking advantage to loot, while effort is ongoing to rescue other victims suspected to have been trapped in the building.
“One person, a woman of about 40 years old, whose name has yet to be ascertained, was pronounced dead by a medical doctor and her baby is responding to treatment.
“The corpse was deposited in the St. Edward’s Mortuary for preservation. The case is under investigation to find out the circumstances surrounding the incident.”