August 12th, 2010
08:58 PM ET

19 dead in Nigerian building collapse

A three-story building collapsed in Nigeria's capital Wednesday, killing 19 people, according to a police spokesman.

The building collapsed around 5 a.m. Wednesday (12 a.m. ET) in the Garki area of Abuja, said deputy police spokesman Yemi Ajayi.

He said 12 people were rescued.

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  1. Dottie

    I think there should be a law specifying the level of quality of building materials to used in construction in Nigeria. Not only that, there should be a body charged to inspect these before commencement of construction and regular monitoring during construction. But then again I know Nigeria... Even if such a body is set up, it wnt take long for corruption to permeate its system.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Uju.K

    Dottie, if you knew Nigeria that well, you would know that the measures you stated in order to avert this sort of carnage permanently, already exists. The aim here is not to be eloquent in characterizing the menace of corruption, but to proffer solutions that would work. Stay Positive!

    August 13, 2010 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. AbuWaz

    We already have such regulatory agencies, the Development Control, department under the federal capital territory administration. And then other complementary agencies like the Nigerian Society of Civil Engineers. In the case of this collapsed building, its an abandoned building for some years, this case should be investigated with the aim of ascertaining the cause of the collapse.

    August 13, 2010 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. obi

    A building collapsing doesn't mean it has to do with corruption. Buildings collapse almost everyday in the world. The collapse of a building does not have to do with the corruption of a country but of negligence on someone's part. As mention, we have regulatory bodies which are at arm's length from the govt and also independent from it.

    August 13, 2010 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. mina ogbanga

    This is most incredible. Measures need to be further put toprevent a reoccurence

    August 13, 2010 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mr Dee

    My condolense goes to families involved.

    August 13, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
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    August 13, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
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