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Many feared dead, Others Injured as Church Building Collapses during Service in Uyo



20161210_180849Rescue workers are battling to evacuate victims in a church building which collapsed in Uyo on Saturday while service was in session.

The Reigners Bible Church, located along Uyo Village Road, was filled to capacity during the service.

Some senior government officials were also reportedly in the service when the buildinh collapsed.

One witness told PREMIUM TIMES that the Pastor was being consecrated as a Bishop when the tragedy occurred.

Apostle Akan Week was being consecrated today so the programme was holding inside the Church when suddenly, the whole building collapsed. Many people are buried under the debris as emergency workers continue rescue exercise,” the witness said.

The witness added that the building was being upgraded to accommodate the high number of guests expected.

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom, who was at the service was said to have been whisked away by Security Operatives as the building started to collapse.

The governor was the special guest of honour at the service.

A witness told NAN that the building collapsed 30 minutes after the governor arrived.

“When we were about taking offering, 30 minutes after the governor came in, the building caved in. Security operatives took him away,’’  he said.

When NAN correspondents visited the scene, security operatives had cordoned off the entire building while trying to rescue those trapped in the debris.

Another witness, Uduak Effiong, said that a female victim’s bowel was ripped open by the tragedy.

Effiong, who is a communication arts  student of the University of Uyo, said that she lost three friends to the incident.

Joseph James, who also witnessed the building collapse, also said that the Founder of the church, Akan Weeks, was also brought out unhurt.

Some rescue team members said that over 60 casualties had been removed from the debris.

However, the state Police Public Relation Officer, ASP Cordelia Nwawe, said that she could not confirm the casualty figure since rescue operations were ongoing.

She said that security operatives had been drafted to maintain law and order at the scene to prevent hoodlums from cashing in on the situation.

“Rescue team members are trying their best to rescue all the victims trapped at the collapsed building. We cannot tell you the exact number of casualties now as the rescue operations are on,’’ she said.

The rescue team at scene is made up of workers of Julius Berger Construction Company, the police, army, Fire Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigerian Medical Association and the Federal Road Safety Corps.


  1. o

    December 10, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Sad. May their souls rest in peace. I read somewhere else that there was some construction/renovation work hurriedly done to accommodate the crowd they were expecting…. I hope the engineers didn’t do a shoddy job

  2. John Doe

    December 10, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Yet another reason why I’d rather stay in my house to read my bible and worship God. Just wondering why this “pastor” couldn’t forsee this calamity in a “vision.” RIP to the dead. May God continue to protect us as the new year draws nearer.

    • o

      December 10, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      There have been cases where ppl stayed in their houses and a truck lost control and crashed into them. Some ppl ceiling fan falls on them and injures them…. May we not be victims of calamity whether at home or outside..

    • ME

      December 10, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      This has o be d most stupid comment of the year, congrats to whoever u r, u just won dummy of d year

    • John Doe

      December 11, 2016 at 9:08 am

      And congratulations for playing yourself. You’re actually more of a dummy for missing the point here. It’s not about where you choose to serve God, since you and the rest are clearly too slow to get it. Here’s my point in two simple words, “False Prophets.”

    • dupsy

      December 10, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      My dear John, bad things happen all the time, in different places to the wicked, the good, the God fearing, those who don’t believe there is God, to the young, to the old and to anyone you can think of! Good things also happen to everyone irrespective of whether you prayed or didn’t pray for these things to happen!

      Saying the man of God should have seen it in a vision and averted the disaster is now trying to say he has reached the level of God which is so wrong! What of if God didn’t reveal it to him? Sometimes God reveals these things to us and sometimes he doesnt. You cant question the sovereignty of God, let us pray and sympathize with the bereaved and find out if this accident could have been averted based on the reports about the building. It is just so sad!

    • Lily

      December 12, 2016 at 12:11 am

      for your mind, your house is safe???? dont forsake the gathering of the godly. go to church!!!!

  3. Me2

    December 10, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Seriously John Doe? People died! Not a good time for any kind of smugness or crass humour

  4. Marlvina

    December 10, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    May God grant the families peace and the fortitude to bear the loss. Very sad.

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