Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has confirmed he was inside Reigners Bible Church, situated on Uyo Village Road, was still under construction when it collapsed on Saturday. Its iron rafters caved in as the service was ongoing. A witness disclosed that the building collapsed 30 minutes after the governor arrived.
Emmanuel and his deputy escaped death after the building collapsed, during the ordination service of Bishop Akan Weeks.
A graphic scene from the Uyo Church building collapse
In a press statement signed by his personal assistant, Mr. Ekerette Udoh, the Governor said he was trapped in the building when it came crashing.
About 50 people are reported to have lost their lives.
He also commiserated with the families of the victims and ordered an immediate investigation into the tragedy.
“The Government of Akwa Ibom State has commiserated with the families of the victims of the collapsed building at Reigners Bible Church International along Uyo Village road.
“His Excellency, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel was present at the church service during the incident and thereafter personally supervised rescue operations and evacuation of the injured to the hospital. The State Government will undertake the medical treatment of the victims.
“A high-powered panel of enquiry is being constituted to ascertain the immediate and remote factors leading to the collapse of the church building with a view to forestall the re-occurrence of such incident and bring to book persons found to have compromised professional standards in the construction of the building”, the statement read.
Connected to the same incident, Actress Ini Edo escaped the Church building collapse that is said to have killed dozens of people. She posted this testimony on her Instagram telling us how she narrowly escaped being in the building, here’s what she posted:
2 days ago, I was very bitter about the unreliable nature of some of our airlines cancelling flights without prior notice thereby hindering my plans to attend a church service ceremony held in uyo. Now out of determination, I took a flight to calabar with the hope of being in uyo just in time for the service since the journey between calabar and uyo was just about an hour. The journey ended up taking over 7hrs because of an unexplainable traffic. No accident, good road no hitches just a headlock traffic.
Whilst in the car, I started wondering why all my efforts to be at the service was being thwarted… then I got a call, that the entire church building had collapsed during the course of the service …. Once again, God had saved me..
My heart goes out to the families of the departed..may the good Lord grant them the heart to bear the loss.
Everyday we see is a blessing..it’s not because we are special or better..It’s the exceeding Grace of our Lord Jesus. Iam so humbled and grateful to God for preserving me… Happy thanksgiving….
The governor has declared a two-day mourning period throughout the state over the incident.
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