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June 17, 2024

Anambra building collapse: Cause still unknown — School authority

Anambra building collapse: Cause still unknown — School authority

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By Vincent Ujumadu

The Centenary Celebration Committee of Dennis Memorial Grammar School, DMGS, Onitsha, has said that the cause of the collapse of its five-storey Centenary Building is yet to be ascertained.

The school is owned by the Anglican Church. The structure, which is being built for the celebration of the 100 years of the establishment of the school, collapsed last week.

Three persons were rescued from the rubble, although one later died. The director of operations of the centenary celebration of the school, Dr. Chijioke Ojji, in a statement, said the committee will liaise with the family of the deceased worker for his burial.

Ojji’s statement read: “The DMGS centenary building collapsed on June 12, 2024, at about 1:00 am. Unfortunately, three people were trapped, and despite rescue efforts, the third individual, Gideon Ezeigwe, was found deceased.

“We extend our condolences to his family and they have our  support in dealing with this tragic loss.

“The cause of the collapse is still unknown and is under  investigation by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), the Anambra State Physical Planning Board (ASPPB), and the Nigerian Police.”