Dozens are killed in a Nigerian church building collapse, according to a photojournalist in the town, with the casualty toll varying widely according to sources.
UYO, AKWA IBOM, NIGERIA (DECEMBER 11, 2016) (REUTERS) – Dozens of people were killed by the collapse of a church in southeastern Nigeria, a photojournalist who visited the town morgue said on Sunday (December 11), a day after the incident.
Police said 27 had been killed and 30 injured when the church in Akwa Ibom state capital Uyo collapsed during a service on Saturday (December 10). State emergency agency NEMA said in a statement that six people had been killed and 115 injured.
Nigerian state news agency NAN said on its website 60 worshippers had been reported killed in the collapse.
One man at the scene on Sunday (December 11) gave a higher toll.
“Although we can’t really say exactly how many lives have gone, but from the toll we have at least 100 body bags in different hospitals around the state. We have dead bodies in Uyo Teaching Hospital,” musician Tony Eminue said.
The governor of the Akwa Ibom state, Udom Emmanuel , was in attendance when the church building collapsed but he was unhurt.
The state government said flags will be flown at half mast and have declared Sunday and Monday (December 12) as days of mourning.