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‘More than 200 bodies’ in the mortuary after Uyo church building collapse

‘More than 200 bodies’ in the mortuary after Uyo church building collapse
December 11
09:23 2016

At least 200 people have been killed in the building of Reigners Bible Church that collapsed in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, on Saturday.

The confirmation was given by Etete Peters, a professor and chief medical director of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, where the victims were rushed to.

“We only lost one person in the hospital except those that were brought dead. In circumstances like this, we have been overwhelmed. We need help from government,” Peters told Punch Newspaper.

“Many victims are in private hospitals and mortuaries scattered all over Uyo metropolis; we can’t really tell how many people have died so far. We have over 200 persons in the mortuaries. We do not have space, as people are still being brought in.


“We have done our best to revive some victims. Right now, we have over 50 cases we are attending to. This is the first time we are witnessing such an incident.”

Uduak Effiong, a survivor, gave estimated the death toll at 300, saying 100 of those bodies were close to her.

“I saw over 100 dead bodies. These were the ones close to me,” the victim said.


“From my estimation, more than 300 people might have died as people came from other churches in all parts of the state, including government-sponsored praised singers with uniforms to attend the programme. For some of us that escaped, we only did by the special grace of God.”

Effiong, a Communication Arts student of Uyo university, added that she lost three of her colleagues to the incident.

Udom Emmanuel, governor of the state, could have been a victim himself had he arrived the church early enough, said the government would bear the cost of treating the victims and promised to setup a panel to ascertain the cause of the mishap.

“I was present at the church during the incident and shared in the agony of the moment. Thereafter, I personally supervised rescue operations and evacuation of the injured to the hospital,” he said.


“I directed all emergency organisations, agencies of government and corporate organisations especially the construction companies to be involved in the exercise. They acted promptly and I commend their sense of patriotism and gallantry.

“The State Government will bear the medical cost of all those injured. We note that we have never had such a shocking incident in the history of our dear state.

“Government will, therefore, set up a high-powered panel of inquiry to ascertain the immediate and remote causes leading to the collapse of the building with a view to forestalling the recurrence of such incident and bring to book persons found to have compromised professional standards in the construction of the building.

“We appeal to all citizens to remain calm, pray for the injured and avoid undue speculation as the situation is being given the best possible attention.”



  1. cameleon
    cameleon December 11, 12:58

    Quite pitiable that the Government of Akwa Ibom State could allow well over 180 persons(souls) to perish in a situation that could have been professionally avoided courtesy the Government if security report was conducted as regard the venue before the event(Yet envisage setting up a panel to investigate): Infact i blame them much more than i would blame the constructing firm of the Reigners bible church int’l inc. that has collapse in Uyo. Akwa Ibom State-Nigeria.However i simpatize with the bereave families and pray God to console the respective families involve in this mishap;and repose the souls of the decease in the bosom of our lord through Christ Jesus(Amen!).

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    • Dr. UB
      Dr. UB December 12, 00:08

      What will security report do to shoe that the building will collapse?

      Security report deals with Physical Attack and unsafe environment due to location, nature of invitees and ingress and egress among other things of safety but not a Prediction that the building will collapse

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  2. Larry
    Larry December 11, 15:40

    How long would Nigerians continue to waist souls because of avoidable reasons? Nigerians, don’t compromise as you could be a victim or a benefactor of the compromise. May God grant the families of the victims the fortitude to bear the lost a place His healing hands on the injured.

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  3. Tom Albright
    Tom Albright December 11, 16:41

    It is a good thing that the building foundation be tested before inviting personalities and other people to grace the ordination ceremony. Lord save their souls and grant them eternal rest.

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    • swat
      swat December 11, 23:20

      hw can they test building fdn.pls if u dnt know anytin abt engineering. Keep quiet.

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  4. Whiz-kid
    Whiz-kid December 11, 20:45

    It’s a pity! I thank God our Governor escape the incident thru God’ divine grace.I ask God to grant the bereaved families divine consolation Amen…

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    DIVINE December 11, 23:46

    Almighty take control

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