Nigerian church collapse kills at least 160 worshippers – reports

Source: The Guardian

The roof of a church collapsed on to worshippers in southern Nigeria, killing at least 160 people with the toll likely to rise, according to a hospital director.

Mortuaries in the city of Uyo are overflowing after the incident, Etete Peters, medical director of the University of Uyo teaching hospital, told the Associated Press.

The Reigners Bible Church International was still under construction and workers had been rushing to finish it in time for Saturday’s ceremony to ordain its founder, Akan Weeks, as a bishop, congregants said.

Hundreds of people, including the Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel, were inside the building when metal girders fell on to worshippers and the corrugated iron roof caved in. Emmanuel and Weeks escaped unhurt.

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