44 dead in Lagos, Nigeria building collapse

Posted: September 15, 2014 in News

According to CNN,

At least 44 people were crushed to death when a guesthouse at a large church that’s home to a famous Nigerian preacher collapsed in Lagos, a rescue agency official said Sunday.

In addition to those killed, there were “130 rescued from the rubble of the collapsed guesthouse at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations,” Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, told CNN. “The toll may increase as rescue operation is still ongoing because many people are believed to be trapped under the rubble.”

The two-story building is located in the expansive compound of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, run by televangelist T.B. Joshua in the Ikotun area of Lagos, said Farinloye.

The building came down Friday afternoon amid expansion work on three additional floors.

The rescue operation was delayed by the refusal of members of the church to allow emergency workers from NEMA access to the collapsed building.

“The church members were very aggressive and tried attacking emergency responders,” Farinloye said.

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