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Synagogue Church denies 115 South Africans died in collapse

24 September 2014, 12:43Oladeinde Lekan

Lagos - The Synagogue Church of All Nations has denied that 115 South Africans died in the collapsed guest house on September 12 as being claimed by the South African government.

Ihechukwu Njoku, a member of the church’s media team was not forthcoming when asked to respond to some of the allegations against the church.

He noted that some of the things being brandished in the media concerning the event are not the true positions of what really happened.

He insisted that the incident was not ordinary but an attack on the church.

Asked how the plane could have caused the building to fall, he said the church doesn’t want to draw any conclusion yet as investigation is still ongoing.

He was also not forthcoming as to why the church has not made available the comprehensive names of those involved almost two weeks after the disaster.

He denied that insinuations in some quarters that the church may not have a record of names and other identities of those logged in the collapsed building.

He said the church was been careful with the list in order not to create tension and fear among their family members. He noted that the church was working with the relevant authorities on this.

Although, he admitted that he doesn’t have the real causality figure, he said the number of South Africans that died in the incident may not be up to 115 as being claimed by the South African government.

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On whether it was true that the building’s structure was changed from two-storey to five, as reportedly claimed, he said it was true the building was initially a two-storey but that the church has submitted relevant papers to government agencies for approval.

He, however, did not know whether the approval has been granted before the commencement of work.

He denied that the church is yet to respond to queries from government agencies.

He said the church has cooperated with all relevant agencies since the incident happened

On the next line of action, Njoku said the church would wait for the outcome of the investigation being carried out by relevant agencies before deciding on what next the church will do.


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