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domenica 11 dicembre 2016

Crowded church collapsed in NIgeria: at least 60 people killed

The roof of a crowded church has collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria on Saturday, killing at least 60 people, witnesses and an official said

The Reigners Bible Church International in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom state, was still under construction and workers had been rushing to finish it in time for a ceremony on Saturday to ordain founder Akan Weeks as a bishop, congregants said.
Hundreds of people, including Governor Udom Emmanuel, were inside when metal girders crashed onto worshippers and the corrugated iron roof caved in, they said. Emmanuel and Weeks, who preached that God will make his followers rich, escaped unhurt.
Bodies of at least 60 victims have been retrieved but the toll could mount as a crane removes debris, according to a rescue official.
The governor’s spokesman, Ekerete Udoh, said the state government will hold an inquiry to investigate if anyone compromised building standards. Buildings collapse regularly in Nigeria because of endemic corruption, with contractors using sub-standard materials and bribing inspectors to ignore shoddy work or a lack of building permits.
In 2014, 116 people died when a multi-story guesthouse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital. Most victims were visiting South African followers of the megachurch’s influential founder TB Joshua.
Two structural engineers, Joshua and church trustees were accused of criminal negligence and involuntary manslaughter after a coroner found the building collapsed from structural failures caused by design and detailing errors. However, Lagos state government efforts to bring them to court have been foiled by repeated legal challenges that have delayed a trial.

Nigerian church collapse kills at least 60 worshippers – reports Associated Press Lagos 11 December 2016 


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