Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Emmanuel Udom has escaped unhurt after a church building, Reigners Bible Church, collapsed in Akwa Ibom state killing 18 people.
The governor reportedly arrived 30 minutes before the church building collapsed and sat at the front while the building collapsed from the middle.
According to a witness, The Reigners Bible Church, located along Uyo Village Road, was filled to capacity because its pastor was being consecrated as a Bishop, when the unexpected tragedy occurred.
The witness according to Premium Times said the Church was being renovated and upgraded because of the expected high number of guests on Saturday.
“Many people are buried under the debris as emergency workers continue rescue exercise,” he said. Governor Udom Emmanuel was expected to attend the occasion, but, sources said he was not at the church when it collapsed. “The governor has gone to the scene and is presently there helping with the rescue,” a witness said. Sources said many victims have been taken to various hospitals and mortuaries in the town. Some senior government officials are suspected to be among the victims. The casualty figure is still unknown.
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