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20 injured as church building collapses

20 May 2014, 06:35

Yenagoa - No fewer than 20 persons were injured on Monday when an uncompleted church building collapsed during downpour in Agudama-Epie, near Yenagoa.

An eyewitness, Tonye Beregha, told the media in Yenagoa that the building belonged to the National Apostolic Church of Nigeria.

“We heard a loud sound which we thought was that of thunder. But we later heard that the uncompleted building had collapsed, trapping many people under the rubbles” Beregha said.

He said the downpour also destroyed roofs of many buildings in the state capital as well as felled some street lights on Sani Abacha expressway, causing heavy traffic gridlock in the area.

The building, which collapsed at about 10h30, caused pandemonium as most of the victims went into the building for cover during the downpour.

The Deputy Governor of the State, John Jonah, the Commissioner of Police, Hillary Okpara and a rescue team from Julius Berger, visited the scene.

However, before their arrival, sympathisers had rescued the trapped victims.

The State Commissioner for Works, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, said the state government would reprimand the founder of the church over the incident.

He attributed poor supervision of buildings in the state to shortage of manpower in the Capital City Development Authority (CCDA).

Ewhrudjakpo said Gov. Seriake Dickson had approved the recruitment of more than 100 persons by CCDA.

-    NAN

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