Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano
The Vice Chancellor of the Kano State University of Science and Technology (KUST) Wudil, Professor Shehu Alhaji Musa, has denied media reports that 20 person died when a building collapsed in the university.
He confirmed that only five persons sustained injuries in the incident.
“I can confirmed to you that no life was lost and only five persons who are not even students of the university sustained injuries.”
Addressing journalists in Kano monday, the vice chancellor said: “We have not recorded a single death causality in the incident, the university mobilised all its organs, including security operatives, to ensure the excavation of the collapsed building.”
Shehu added: “It is part of the building that collapsed; as acknowledged that the building has problems and a committee have been setup to investigate.
He promised that the excavation was ongoing to ascertain what is there after the collapsed, adding that soon the excavation would be over. The vice-chancellor said no student of the university was involved in the incident, stating that those injured were workers at the project site.
However, an eyewitness told THISDAY that the building collapsed when workers were undergoing their routine works.
“We were standing nearby the building when we heard a loud sound. We later realised that it was a building that collapsed, he said.