Akwa Ibom State Police Command has discountenanced its earlier position on the fate of victims of a collapsed wall at Ederebo Market in the state.
The spokesperson for the police, Cordelia Nwawe, briefed reporters on the new development at the Police Headquarters in Uyo, the state’s capital.
Nwawe said contrary to their earlier position that two lives were lost in the incident, discrete investigation revealed that no life was lost in the collapse.
She maintained that as at Tuesday, there was no documented evidence or record of any deaths arising from the incident.
The police spokesperson added that a total of nine victims, who sustained injuries, were receiving treatment at the Ibom Specialist Hospital.
She noted that four victims sustained severe injuries and were undergoing surgeries in the same hospital.
The police command further revealed that it had put several measures in place to ensure crime free Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The wall was said to have fallen on Monday in Ikot Akpatek axis of Onna Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom State, southeast Nigeria.
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, on Friday, commissioned a residential accommodation complex for medical staff of the new Ibom Specialist Hospital.
Located in Shelter Afrique Estate in Uyo, the facility has 40 apartments, with a total of 146 rooms. The complex has a central water treatment plant, fire protection, supermarkets, recreation facilities, among others.
Governor Emmanuel said that the commissioning symbolised a major milestone in the march towards the realization of excellent healthcare for the people. He lauded the immediate past administration in the state for initiating the project.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, who described the good accommodation and security as key components that boost the performance of health workers, said that the commissioning of the residential quarters marked a turning point in healthcare delivery in Akwa Ibom State.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Yemi Johnson, announced that the hospital would commence operations in the next week.
The event was attended by medical professionals and members of the executive council.