There is a new twist to the Synagogue Church of All Nations after a building collapse saga. P.M NEWS reporter who is at the scene says a trailer load of dead people have been unearthed from debris at the church.
Many victims — most of whom are labourers, artisans and church members — who were trapped are now believed to be dead. It would be recalled that a five-storey building collapsed at the headquarters of Synagogue Church in Ikotun, Lagos state.
The actual figure of dead people from the collapse cannot be ascertained because the church authority prevented journalists and some emergency agencies from having access to the site.
Eye witness accounts claim that nearly 100 people have died as at today. On Friday, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said only three people were confirmed dead but a statement from the church’s media department said no death has been recorded.
P.M.NEWS this morning gathered that the Lagos State government agencies have been busy breaking the sink building and evacuating the victims that were trapped overnight. While some have been evacuated alive and rushed to General Hospitals.
More deaths have also been recorded during the evacuation and their corpse deposited at the mortuary.
“This is a very sensitive matter, we can not disclose such information to avoid panic.” a government agent said.
Meanwhile members of the church have intensified their intimidation and harassment against people especially the journalists, some of whom have been forced off the church premises.