PICTURES: 200 dead as church collapses in Nigeria
As many as 200 people reportedly died Saturday as the building of Reigners’ Bible Church Int’l Inc, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, collapsed during service.
The Governor of Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel, was present and narrowly escaped death with minor injury.
The church was holding an ordination service for the Presiding Pastor, Bishop Elect Akan Weeks, when the building collapsed.
One of the aides, who rescued the governor, was said to have died at a nearby hospital where he was rushed to.
A security officer, who did not want to be named, said many dignitaries who accompanied the governor to the church also died.
The Secretary to the State Government, Etekamba Umoren, also shattered his head in the incident. He was said to have been taken to an undisclosed hospital.
Witnesses said construction works on a section where the ordination was held were rushed because of Saturday’s event. The church has an estimated 10,000-seater capacity.
Two cranes belonging to construction giant, Julius Berger, were used to clear the debris.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday conveyed to the governor and the people of the state, the deep sorrow of his family, the government and the entire people of Nigeria over the many deaths and injury recorded following the incident.
Below are some of the pictures from the collapse: