Tragedy struck at about 11am on Monday, May 11, 2015, when a building collapsed inside the palace of the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi while he was receiving the minister of education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, trapping eight people in the process.
According to reports, the eight construction workers were trapped inside the building while it was being rehabilated.
The Emir since assuming office has been rehabilitating some of the old structures in the palace.
Five of the eight people were said to have been rescued before noon and that two were carried to the Murtala Specialist Hospital in the palace ambulance while the other three were convened to the hospital.
There were 10 people working on the building, according to an eye witness and survivor, but only two of them were able to escape while the others were trapped.
“I was very lucky because I was by the door when the building caved in trapping my eight colleagues,” one of the escapees was quoted as saying.