The Federal Fire Service has suspended rescue operations at the site of the collapsed four-storey building in Dape, Life Camp, Abuja. However, operations will resume on Tuesday at 8:00 a.m.
At approximately 10:00 p.m., rescue operations were temporarily halted, and security officials were deployed to secure the area.
According to Emeribe David, a superintendent from the fire service, all the involved agencies have reached a consensus to resume the rescue mission on Tuesday morning.
The collapsed structure, reportedly a hotel still under construction, crumbled at around 4:00 p.m. on Monday, trapping an unknown number of workers.
Mr. David, leading the team of firefighters at the scene, stated that the fire service received a distress call at approximately 4:00 p.m. and arrived at the location within 15 minutes.
He mentioned that his team collaborated with other agencies to conduct the rescue operation and save the lives of those trapped in the debris.
The agencies involved were the FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Road Safety Corps, National Emergency Management Agency, and various security agencies.
“We received the call and swiftly dispatched a fire truck and ambulance crew to assist. The exact number of individuals trapped is still unknown, but we will ascertain this when we resume operations in the morning,” Mr. David stated.
Abass Idris, the Director-General of FEMA, informed journalists that nine individuals were successfully rescued at 7:44 p.m.