Nine persons have been injured as the wall of a privately owned market stall fell at the Urua Edere Obo in Onna Local Government Area on Monday morning.

Those injured by the collapsed wall were petty traders selling their wares in front of the stall owned by one Mr Ufot Sunday.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong and the market superintendent, Mr Ignatius Umoh have confirmed that there were no deaths as a result of the accident.

Dr Ukpong, who was directed by the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel to quickly take charge of the treatment of the injured patients noted that doctors at the Immanuel Hospital, Eket had commenced treatment and that patients were responding to treatment.

He posited that the patients had various degrees of injury which may necessitate different diagnostic scans.

He said for them to have further specialist medical attention, he had arranged to move them to the Ibom Specialist hospital, Uyo.

The Transition Chairman of Onna Local Government Area, Dr Joshua Ndoho regretted the unfortunate incident and stressed that it was a private structure that collapsed and that he acted properly to evacuate those that were injured to Immanuel Hospital in Eket and to transfer other patients from private hospitals to Immanuel Hospital, Eket for proper monitoring.

He further maintained that as a consequence he was going to do a review of privately owned structures in the market to forestall a reoccurrence.

He thanked the Governor and the state government for the prompt response and thanked God that nobody died.

The Commissioner For Works, Akparawa Ephraim Inyangeyen who visited the scene spoke with the leadership of the market and regretted that some persons tried to make political capital of the incidence by claiming that lives were lost when no one person died.

He sympathised with those injured and wished them speedy recovery.

Eyewitnesses said the wall came down without giving injured persons the opportunity to escape. One of the witnesses, Mr Ifreke Udofot said he personally led the rescue effort to save the lives of the persons and thanked the police and the state government for responding promptly and letting the injured persons have the benefit of sound medical attention.

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