Three-storey building, prison wall collapse; auto crash claims life in Onitsha

Heavy downpour, Wednesday, claimed a rear perimeter fence belonging to Onitsha custodial centre (formerly known as Onitsha prison), Anambra state.

The incident which occurred at about 6.30am also led to collapse of a three storey building located at 22 Nkisi Aroli street, Onitsha belonging to one Chukwuma Njeka. 

Disclosing this in a press release, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Haruna Muhammed, said, “Mr Njeka’s building collapsed today (September 11) at about 8am due to heavy downpour. No casualty recorded and value of property damaged is yet to be ascertained.” 

Muhammed, however, said that the building had been cordoned off by the Police to prevent looters from taking advantage and to clear the rubbles, adding that no casualty was recorded and that the inmates escaped after the collapsed prison fence.
He said the command’s Police Commissioner, John Abang, had visited both places.

Meanwhile, a fatal accident involving a commuter bus with Registration number JMT 94 XL and 911 truck with registration number XB 733 GDD at Boromeo roundabout which occurred on Wednesday morning had claimed the life of one.
According to the PPRO, police MTD personnel attached to Onitsha Inland town Division rushed five casualties to St Charles Boromeo Hospital, Onitsha where the victim, a male whose identity is yet to be ascertained was certified dead by the medical doctor while four others are responding to treatment.

He said the corpse had been deposited at the hospital mortuary for postmortem examination, while investigation continues on the case.

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