Abuja Building Collapses, Traps 18
The scene of the building that collapsed in the Jabi area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Friday, August 17, 2018. Source: Punch

At least 18 persons are trapped under the rubble of a four-storey building which collapsed in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Friday, August 17.

Unconfirmed reports said one person died when the four-storied building under construction collapsed on the workers and food sellers in the Jabi area of the city.

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Punch reports that the building which collapsed at about 1.30 pm had over twenty-five people inside.

Officials of the Federal Capital Territory Development Authority were said to have rescued about six persons while a corpse has been evacuated.

The report said the heavy rain has also hampered rescue operations.

It was gathered the building had been abandoned for over 15 years by the owner who recently mobilised workers to continue the construction of the structure.