Bus plunges nine passengers into Nnobi flood
A THREE-STOREY building still under construction at No. 22 Nkisi Aroli Street in homeland area of Onitsha, Onitsha North Local Government Area of Anambra State collapsed yesterday around mid-day.
No death toll or number of people trapped in the debris has been made available but eyewitnesses said that there were many people in the vicinity when the calamity occurred, fearing that several properties were destroyed.
Some rear sections of the perimeter fence of Onitsha Prisons also collapsed in the evening, with unconfirmed reports expressing fear of possible escape by prisoners.
Although National Light could not gather the immediate cause of these two disasters, residents said they may not be unconnected with heavy downpours that battered the commercial city and its environs since Monday.
It was also learnt that the collapsed three-storey belonged to one Chukwuma Njeka, but efforts to get him for comments proved unsuccessful because neighbours said he went into hiding.
Confirming both incidents, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Anambra State Police Command, Haruna Mohammed, said the scene where the building collapsed had been cordoned off to prevent looting, adding that CP John Abang has since ordered for immediate deployment of police men to the areas to beef up security.
Similarly, nine persons sustained varying degrees of injury in a motor accident along Ideani-Nnobi Road in Idemili South LGA when an articulated lorry bearing petroleum products collided with a Peugeot J5 bus before the latter plunged into River Nnobi.
PPRO Haruna Mohammed also confirmed the incident but stated that no life was lost although the victims were rushed to nearby hospitals where they are responding to treatment.
“Police patrol team led by DPO Nnobi Division visited the scene, rescued the victims and rushed them to moon and Fatima hospitals Nnobi with the assistance of locals. The driver of the Mercedes Benz lorry is one James Eze ‘m’ aged 30years of No 6, Eze Lane Okpoko and he was alleged to be the main cause of the accident. But he has been arrested,” Mohammed said.