Tragedy grips a nation. For the second time in 2 years, horrific death has swept through Christian worshippers in Nigeria as a church collapsed killing 160 people in Akwa Ibom.
|Reigners Bible church collapse|
On Saturday, worshippers gathered in the newly constructed church building—a massive structure with heavy metal ceiling.
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A loud crash followed as the structure collapsed. Cries of the dying could be heard as survivors scrambled for safety.
A gruesome scene remained where almost 200 were dead, and many more injured and maimed for life.
In a catastrophic incident, caused by corrupt building practices and inferior building materials, the roof of the crowded church collapsed on to worshippers in southern Nigeria, killing 160 people, a hospital director said.
A mass of dead people. Etete Peters of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital said mortuaries were overflowing and the final death toll is likely to be much higher.
Some witnesses claim the number of the dead is actually higher, but church officials kept blocking journalists from making an actual accessment.
Youth leader Edikan Peters said many other victims are in private mortuaries scattered all over the city of Uyo.
Congregants said the Reigners Bible Church was still under construction when it was crowded with worshippers to ordain a bishop on Saturday. Metal girders crashed and the corrugated iron roof caved in.
The state government said it will investigate to see if building standards were compromised.
In 2014, 116 people died when a multi-storey building of the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed in Lagos. A coroner blamed structural faults.
Hundreds of people, including Akwa Ibom state governor Udom Emmanuel, were inside when metal girders crashed on to worshippers and the corrugated iron roof caved in, they said.
Contradiction. Emmanuel and Weeks, who preached that God will make his followers rich, escaped unhurt.
Many uncounted victims are in private mortuaries scattered across Uyo, Edikan Peters said. He said some people are secretly taking the bodies of relatives to their homes because mortuaries are overcrowded and some do not have refrigeration.
A crane is being used to lift debris believed to be hiding the bodies of more victims, he said. He said he tallied 90 bodies before he was told to stop counting on Saturday night.
There were trapped bodies, parts of bodies, blood all over the place and people’s handbags and shoes scattered.
Nigerian coruption : Investigation is now ongoing to determine the cause and bring those responsible to justice.
The collapse of the church in Nigeria marks a trend of consequences of a corruption ridden society that fail to see that cutting corners for short term success often leads to long term problems.