By Abdullahi Muhammad
Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has condoled with the family of a man who recently passed on following injuries sustained after he was trapped in a collapsing building.
Adesola Esho, 43, a former resident of Angwan Saidu, a shanty community located near NAF Conference Centre, Kado, had re-entered a structure after a recent demolition exercise.
Esho, who had earlier evacuated the building, his re-entry proved fatal, as the building collapsed while he was inside, injuring him.
It was learnt that he was rushed to the hospital immediately where he later passed out.
Speaking earlier, the coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Umar Shuaibu, in his condolence message to the bereaved family, expressed regrets and prayed God to comfort the family.
Blueprint, however, gathered that following confirmation of the incident, the AMMC officials had earlier sent representatives to confirm the incident, but the mood in the family did not permit any of the members to speak with the visiting officials.
The authorities had to contact the Area Commander of Life-Camp who confirmed that the command was in receipt of the report.
According to him, the report indicated that the man had been trapped when the building finally collapsed upon the victim’s re-entry.
He said: “This administration is a very humane one and always adds a human face to its efforts to enforce the law. The Administration had posted notices in the community in September 5, 2017, and conducted a sensitisation meeting with the squatter stakeholders in October 4, 2017, before a final notice in January 2018. He praised the residents for their cooperation with authorities by evacuating their illegal structures to make room for the operations.”
He also recalled a recent court ruling which upheld the authority of FCT Administration to undertake demolition of illegal structures without prior notice.
He said FCTA, with the directive of the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), was not taking liberty of the law, but had been magnanimous enough to give offenders enough room for compliance through notices.