The death toll from the collapse of the Reigners Bible Church building in Uyo has hit 100
Akwa Ibom Governor Emmanuel Udom escaped death after a church building collapsed in Uyo
The church was said to be filled to its capacity following the consecration of its pastor as a Bishop when the incident happened.
The death toll from the collapse has hit 100, and is likely to rise to 200, reports said.
Punch also reports that scores of worshipers are trapped in the rubble.
“Pastor Akan Week was being consecrated today so the programme was holding inside the Church when suddenly, the whole building collapsed,” a witness said.
He said the church was being renovated due to the expectation of its growing worshipers.
The witness also said many people were buried under the debris of the collapse.
It was gathered that the state governor was supposed to grace the occasion but was not at the church when the building caved in. Meanwhile another witness said:“The governor has gone to the scene and is presently there helping with the rescue,”
Also, sources have said that many victims of the collapse were taken to nearby hospitals and mortuaries in Uyo.
Another witness said many of the injured persons were already receiving medical attention.
Meanwhile, the emotional spokesperson of the police in the state said: “You need to be here to witness it, there is so much confusion.”