Police arrest owner of collapsed Ebonyi hotel

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Ebonyi State Police Command has arrested Christian Akanihu, the owner of Metro View Hotel which collapsed in Abakaliki on Wednesday night.

The arrest was facilitated by an assistant to the state governor on infrastructural maintenance, Ali Odefa.

Mr Odefa said the state government will conduct integrity test on all public buildings in Abakaliki.

More than 60 persons escaped death when a wing of the popular Metro View Hotel collapsed.

The hotel, which is located close to Presco Campus of Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, collapsed on Wednesday evening, around 7 p.m.

Following the collapse, the Abakaliki Capital Territory Development Authority sealed the 26-room hotel on Thursday morning.

The special assistant to the governor, David Umahi, on capital territory, Ejem Okoro, who led the team that sealed the hotel, said the hotel would remain sealed pending investigation by the government.

A member of the hotel management, Autsine Orji, who spoke to journalists on behalf of the company, said “It was in the process of the renovation that the building collapsed.”

Mr Orji said those who lodged in the hotel were outside the building for a seminar when the incident happened, stressing that no life was lost.

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