No fewer than two persons were on Monday confirmed dead when a two-storey building collapsed within Naval Quarters in the Gwarinpa Distrrict in Abuja.
An unknown number of labourers were said to be trapped under the rubble.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that labourers were carrying out renovation on the building when it suddenly gave way, trapping many others.
Rescue workers- comprising officials of the National Emergency Management Agency, Federal Road Safety Commission and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp are drilling in search of survivours.
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesperson, Yushau Shuaibu, said five persons were rescued alive.
He said operatives were combing the rubble with life locator to determine if other victims were still trapped.
In an update, Shuaibu confirmed that two persons were dead in the building collapse.
“NEMA and other stakeholders completed rescue operation at the site of collapsed building in Gwarinpa with retrieval of another dead body.
“Finally five victims were rescued alive, and two dead bodies were recovered,” he said
Recall that in 2012, workers of a construction company were trapped as a three-story building collapsed in Gwarinpa.
The 2012 incident also occurred within the Naval Quatres, Gwarinpa.