About five cars and an electric power cable were destroyed yesterday following the collapse of a gigantic scaffolding pipe at the Yobe State Liaison Office, Central Business District, Abuja.
The scaffold was used for construction work on the building before its collapse yesterday.
Eyewitnesses told LEADERSHIP that the unfortunate incident which occurred at about 2pm, was a common man made error that was capable of causing more damage if not for the position of the building.
The eyewitness confirmed that no lives were lost in the incident.
An eyewitness who gave his name as Ike Francis attributed the collapse of the scaffold to repeated rainfalls that had taken place in Abuja, as the scaffold had been erected for over one year.
“We were working close to this building; we heard a loud sound and rushed out to find out what had happened, that was when we saw that the scaffolding pipes had collapsed. But we thank God that there was nobody climbing working on it at that time and no lives were lost. But as you can see, it fell upon high tension cable and five vehicles have been destroyed.
“The scaffolding pipes have been standing in this place for over one year now and might have collapsed because of rainfall which may have softened the ground, resulting in the collapse,” he said.
A senior worker at the construction site, who preferred anonymity, said the collapse of the construction scaffold came as a surprise to everybody, as it did not show any signs of collapse, saying that necessary actions would be taken to correct what had gone wrong.
On the issue of the destroyed vehicles and what the construction company would do to compensate the owners, he declined comment, saying that at the appropriate time, the vehicle owners and the company would discuss on the way forward.