The Abia State Government has declared the developer of a building at No. 85 Azikiwe road, Aba, Mr Emmanuel Ohaka, wanted for alleged complicity in the death of three persons following a building collapse on Wednesday.
The state Commissioner for Information, Chief John Kalu, who confirmed the incident in a statement sent to SURGENIG NEWS NIGERIA on Thursday revealed that the developer is being wanted for alleged sharp practices in the collapsed property
According to the commissioner, one survivor was brought out of the rubbles alife while the other three, two females and one male, were pulled out lifeless.
He also explained that Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu, ordered the Commissioner of Police in the state to ensure the immediate arrest and prosecution of the developer and the site engineer, Mr Bassey Afokwalam.
He explained that Afokwalam is already in Police custody adding that a search operation is still ongoing at the site to ensure that nobody remains trapped under the rubbles.
“The Governor has urged the police and other security agencies to provide adequate security around the area for the continued seamless operation of the rescue team.
“He also expressed sadness over the needless loss of lives arising from the illegal development of the property, being constructed without approval from relevant agencies.
“He, however, directed the Town Planning Authorities and the Ministry of Lands to go round the state and ensure that construction is discontinued on any unapproved building under construction,” he said.