Not less than 60 people came out alive after a wing of popular Metro View Hotel in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, was brought to the ground on Wednesday evening around 7pm.
The hotel is located close to Presco Campus of Ebonyi State University Abakaliki in the heart of the city.
The Abakaliki Capital Territory Development Authority reacted to the news by sealing off the 26 rooms hotel on Thursday Morning.
Reports claim that the Special Assistant to Governor David Umahi on Capital Territory, Ejem Okoro, led the team that sealed the hotel, pending investigation by the government.
The hotel, however, was said to have been commissioned on the 28th May 2005 by former governor, Martin Elechi.
According to a member of the hotel management, Autsine Orji , who spoke to journalists on behalf of the hotel, they had noticed a crack on some of the pillars holding the building and they immediately cordoned off the side of building and started renovations.
Orji added that it was in the process of the renovation that the building collapsed and those who lodged in the hotel were outside the building for a seminar when the incident happened, stressing that no life was lost.