At least, 60 persons on Thursday escaped death in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital following the sudden collapse of Metro View Hotel, one of the popular hotels in the State.
The hotel is located close to Presco Campus of Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki in the heart of the city.
A member of the hotel management, Chief Austine Orji , who spoke to journalists on behalf of the hotel said they had noticed a crack on some of the pillars holding the building and they immediately cordoned off the side of the building and started renovations, adding that it was in the process of the renovation that the building collapsed.
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.
Meanwhile, the governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, through the Special Assistant (SA) on Capital Territory on Thursday has ordered for the immediate closure of the affected hotel.
Okoro stated further that the Hotel would remain sealed pending the outcome of investigation by the government.
It was reported that the said hotel was commissioned on the 28th May 2005 by the former governor, Martin Elechi.