Dead toll hits 17 in TB Joshua’s church building collapse


The Public Relations Officer of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the South West, Ibrahim Farinloye on Saturday evening said the number of persons rescued in the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) guest house building collapse has risen to 111.

Farinloye told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone that the number of those feared dead had also risen to 17.

Earlier in the day, he had put the number of those rescued at 109 and the dead at 16.

He said among those rescued was a child whose age was between 10 years and 12 years and that they were rushed to one of the state government hospitals where they were admitted.

Farinloye said the collapsed structure in Synagogue was a five storey building, which initially was two-storey, adding that the church authority later decided to add three additional floors.

He explained that the remaining three floors were still being worked on when it collapsed, while the finished floors were being used as chalets for visitors from outside the country.

When NAN visited the scene on Saturday, a market woman, Ijeoma Onyebuchi, who was trading along the road, told NAN that it was a painful incident.

NAN reports that the five-storey building under construction collapsed on Friday, killing some workers and some members of the church.

The church is headed by Pastor T.B. Joshua a popular evangelist famed for his healing and prophesy.