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160 worshippers killed as Nigerian church collapses

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The Reigners Bible Church International Incorporation, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, after it collapsed… on Saturday. Photos: Etim Ekpimah

Up to 160 people are reported to have been killed after a church roof collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria.

Etete Peters of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital said mortuaries were overflowing and the final death toll was likely to be much higher.

Youth leader Edikan Peters said many other victims were in private mortuaries scattered all over the city of Uyo.

Congregants said the Reigners Bible Church was still under construction when it was crowded with worshippers to ordain a bishop on Saturday.

Metal girders crashed and the corrugated iron roof caved in.

The state government said it will investigate to see if building standards were compromised.

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 building of the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed in Lagos. A coroner blamed structural faults.

[Associated press]

29 COMMENTS

    • If TB Joshua was genuine he would have warned these people well in advance. But the crook will now release a video claiming he had foreseen this coming.

    • QUANTITY AND NOT QUALITY RULES AFRICA. REALLY, EVEN A PROPERLY SCHOOLED GRADE 6 WOULD DESIGN A BETTERSTRUCTURE THAN THE ONE I AM SEEING IN THE ABOVE PICTURE. THIS IS VERY COMMON IN AFRICA APART FROM SOUTH AFRICA, BOTSWANA AND FEW OTHERS. IT IS JUST FEW YEAR AGO WHEN TB JOSHUA’S ICHITELE COLAPSED.

    • @2 SO, YOU HAVE BEEN BELIEVING IN TB JOSHUA’S RUBBISH? AFRICANS SHOULD STOP THIS SUPERSTITION RUBBISH AND ADOPT SCIENTIFIC MEANS OF SOLVING PROBLEMS. IF TRULY, THERE ARE WICHES WHO CAN EVEN FLY (BUT ONLY AT NIGHT AND NACKED), WHY ISN’T AFRICA RICH THROUGH EXPORT OF THE SAME CLAIMED RUBBISH- UBWANGA? PRETENDING TO POSSESS KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO WHO AND WHEN IS SUPERSTITION AND NOT PROPHECY.

  1. That is the work of corruption. When people speak out about corruption, it has no light in it. But Africa as a whole today has embraced corruption as a source of fast riches.
    In China corruption when a citizen found guilty is sentence to death by the bullet at the back of the head. It is there , but it’s sophisticated, it is not open the way it is in Africa.
    USA and Western Europe, there are developed nations they fight corruption with tooth and nails.
    It brings society backwards.
    Today in Nigeria Christians are dead because corruption played a certain role in construction of that unfinished structure.

  2. How do the Authorities allow people to use a building under construction? The term “Act of God” is no pun in this instance.

  3. Sadly this is the way with Africans. The safety of buildings is never an issue. The authorities turn a blind eye to people conducting business or using dangerous in unsafe structures.

  4. Mmm what a huge sacrifice this church owner has made to the devil,160 souls dead at a sport.people be care full with the churches you go to.

  5. Safety is left in the hands of God. When these hands fail we are told the devil caused the disaster. Man created both God and the Devil to escape his responsibilities.

  6. Very disappointing status clients are most culprits and poverty is the most enemy to engineers and architects no following the design and specification no business. What a pastor loosing 160 people in one more than chapecoence plane is dangerous we should regulate ways of worship. Getting a diploma or degree in theology is one way of opening church.

  7. If someone especially your Pastor and other Religious tins says, “That must be the work of the devil” remind them of Isaiah 45:7.

    “I form the light, and create the darkness: I make peace and create evil; I the Lord do all these things”

  8. ..why should god himself allow the building to collapse when his people are worshiping him..??..he culd have allowed it to collapse when there was no one there….meanwhile all bars, guest houses/brothels are all intact despite condemnation by so called pastors

    • It is quite a difficult question to answer. All types of buildings collapse in this world either due to natural or artificial causes. Let’s wait for a thorough investigation and conclusion before we make reckless comments.

  9. It is ironically perplexing that their so called Church Buildings in that Country where the chief Orator? And diniver,TBJ,lives collapses when Charasmatic worshippers are praising their gods! Why did they plan to ordain their Bishop on Saturday? Are they also Sabbatarians? Why ordaining one bishop per Congregation Acts20:17-28,Philip 1:1? In the New Testament ,One congregation had more than on Bishop ! Any way they have made innocent souls to die twice;physical and awaiting spiritual one! MTSRIP as they are awaiting our Lord’s Judgement!

  10. some can say it is sacrefice, who are u two judge ? don’t u read the holy Book {BIBLE} MT 23. my condolences ,may their souls rest in peace.

  11. I remember on radio phoenix let the people talk program luchi featured one magician from Nigeria claiming to be a prophet. Why didn’t he warn the people not to be under that structure. Too many magicians masquerading as as prophets. This country has more spiritual problems…..

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