‎Synagogue Building: 84 South Africans dead, 17 unaccounted for, 265 survive, South African High Commissioner says

The number of dead South Africans at the collapsed five-storey guest house owned by the Synagogue Church of all Nations has increased from 67 to 84, the country’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, has said.

Mr. Mnguni, who stated this in an interview with AFP, also revealed that 265 South Africans survived the incident while 17 other national of that country remain unaccounted for.

Last Friday, the five-storey guest house inside the church’s premises caved in as three additional floors were being added to the original two-storey building.

“The number has risen from 67 to 84, with more bodies discovered on Thursday, September 18th. The number of South Africans who were in the church might be higher, as we believe that some people organized the trip themselves without using travel agents,” he said.

Mr. Mnguni also added: “There are 265 South African survivors. Initially, there were 96 injured South Africans, but now there are only 29 still in hospital, including a three-year-old.”‎

He also said that It is believed that there were about 349 South Africans visiting the popular church at the time of the collapse.‎

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA has put the death toll at 90 people and 131 rescued.

Nigerian authorities are yet disclose the nationalities of the victims of the tragedy.


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  • The Last Don

    This is so sad.
    What baffles me is that this(Lagos State) is the much touted ‘excellent’ model of APC form of governance. YET OVER A WEEK AFTER THIS SAD INCIDENCE, THE LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT THRU IT’S COMMISSIONER OF PLANNING HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO TELL US CATEGORICALLY IF THERE WAS AN APPROVAL FOR THE UPGRADE!
    All we heard him say on Sunday was ‘there is no proof of approval yet’. Also after the Guvnr Fashola visited, we were told he ‘escaped’ through a back door to ‘dodge’ the press. Yet the federal government is accused of handling the security challenges with kid gloves. No be chicken gloves the APC people dey use be dis???

    • d’Naz.

      Forget them. They are all fake! PDP/APC. Problem with APC is they pretend to be what they are NOT! That is why people are running out of that party in droves. Like flies!
      I advise any decent person left in that cartel to take to his/her heels. I had to run for my life too. They also lie alot! Even the de-registerd FRESH Party will be a better alternative. I know what I’m saying. Run my people RUN! And don’t look back like ‘Lots wife’!

    • Mosaku 147

      Yes LASG has not done well thus far with the investigation of the building collapse,but it is also your likes that will shout to the heavens if they close down/seal the church.you will accuse Fashola of been a bigot for sealing a church.your guy Metuh will quickly issue a statement about APC being a Muslim party.
      What has stopped the FG from taking over the investigation,or is there in law in Nigeria that hinders them.after all NEMA an agency of the FG conducted the rescue ops. Meanwhile,most of the dead are foreigners who were issued visas (LASG doesn’t issue) to enter Nigeria and up till now no spokesperson of the FG has issued any statement concerning the incident. The South African president made a national broadcast on the incident and Dr Jona has not even deemed it fit through Maku or Metuh to make any pronouncement.
      Yeye dey smell all around PDP/APC.

      • Bello Raji

        Comment on the glaring inadequacies of the state government and stop attacking personalities.
        Are you an APC member? True to type if you are: Angry-Peoples-Club.
        If you are not, you will make a good member. Shame on you!

      • Otile

        Where was Zuma when the Zulus left South Africa en-mass to seek supernatural solution for natural causes? His crying foul now is like closing the barn door after the horse has fled.

  • True Nigerian

    So much for a country where everybody fears God to a point that even
    roguish men of God and corrupt political leaders cannot be criticised
    without the critic receiving warnings about what God would do to him or
    her. If Nigerians are listening and observing, I think the message is
    loud and clear enough for all of us – that something is fundamentally
    and seriously wrong with the way we conduct our own version of “fear of
    God” and religious devotion.

    Nigeria is now the home of terrible news of deaths, wanton bloodshed, insecurity, disaster and irresponsibility in the face of all that. Even in countries that suffer natural disasters such as earthquakes, flooding etc, people are not getting killed or being cut down at this rate. It is simply not normal, simply not natural, and simply not mere happenstance. Nigerians have got to change something about their country, its values and the national attitude. It’s as simple as that!

    Nations that truly fear God aren’t as messed up as Nigeria is. Even many countries that have little or no place for God are doing better than Nigeria. The message is clear – God is looking at us and saying “Nigerians, I have no portion in most of what you and your leaders do and say in my name”. God is saying to Nigerians, “you just wear me like a badge and T-shirts on your body, but I have no place in your hearts, country, society and values…you, your pastors, your elders and your leaders have turned me into nothing but an emblem…and I am not fooled”.

    • The Last Don

      This is a sensible comment. Exactly my thoughts. We shout about being ‘Godly’ in Naija, but in reality, it would seem we are merely religious. Until Naijas comprehend the difference btwn being Godly and Religious, we will remain where we are.
      Religious people, yet corruption is multiplied.
      Sadly, i perceive most of those who scream about corruption here might not fare any better if given an opportunity to serve/lead.
      Great comment.

      • Otile

        Give me a break. You people easily fall prey to religious sentiments. I know that if the devil did not exist Nigerians would create one. Tell me another story about Nigeria, hell, heaven and earth.

        • EVER

          Dear Otile, dont be a saddist. Accept the truth when one is told as in above. Sure our nation is bastardizing the christian faith(filled with my-pastor-said kinds) but God still knows his true followers. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether Psalm 19: 9.
          Believe it or not but the word of God is sure.

          • Otile

            You and I are speaking the same language. Wherein have I spoken profanity? My help comes from God who made heaven and earth.

    • Ashibogu

      Flesh and Blood has not revealed this to you but the Father in Heaven. For truly most Nigerians draw near to God with their mouth but their heart is far from Him. Daily they seek God as if The Lord is their God. That one is claiming to be a Doctor when he is not one does not make him a medical practitioner. I cannot add more to what thou have said. If Nigerians refuse to repent of their evil ways more calamities will befall them. As for its leaders, both political and spiritual, The Lord is coming with His judgement. He will visit every unrighteousness in the Land with terrible things in righteousness.

    • ed

      Thank’s. The truth has to be told.

    • Otile

      I am glad you personally heard what God is saying to fellow Najeriyans. It is curious that no one else has had him except your very self. When you hear more let us know.

  • Wähala

    Nigeria is the only country where a rogue would wake up one morning and decide to build a skyscraper without building plans, engineers or building permits all because the fear of God has been transferred to the fear of Man of God. In sane clime, fake-ass Joshua would be applying for bail by now. But in unholy Nigeria, the equally deceitful President even sent the evil pastor condolence messages for losing parts of his evil temple. That’s Naija for you. Hopefully, those mumu Zulus have learnt that God is omnipresent and can be worshipped from their enclaves in South Africa, running from temple to synagogue is no guarantee of salvation. TB is a deadly disease, Joshua is a fraud. May the Souls of the faithful departed find everlasting peace in Our Lord… Amen O’jare!

    • Peter

      rofl, lol. GBAM

    • Otile

      I thought you were a devout Muslim. Why are you praying like a good Christian? Remember you cannot easily switch from Islam to Christianity, it will be instant death. You can do it there in Germany but when you return to Arewa Najeriya any imam can place fatwa on your head. Be careful bro.

  • amazing2012

    The where about of the 17 unaccounted people should be with the Church either dead or alive, because initially the church ban government rescues to do their job by stoning the officials and putting barrier at the scene.
    The church should answer where they took them to, the 17 persons are adult and will not hiding if they are alive !

  • the truth

    Why do we wait for tragedy to strike before the right actions are taken.who hear believes the Lagos state government did not have any idea that this building was going on.

    • T.B Joshua raises the dead, therefore he should start raising those who died in his building.

      Nigerians and West Africans called for ZMapp and other experimental drugs.

      Why have Nigerians and West Africans refused to call on their ANOINTED ONES
      (e.g., Adeboye and Joshua) to start laying hands on Ebola patients?

  • Ogom

    “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? 3 You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock.

    4 The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them.

    5 So they were scattered because there was no shepherd; and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered.”

    Ezekiel 34

  • Otile

    I thought they said that apartheid has been abolished in Azania. Why then are persecuted people from Kwazulu Natal, Baputo Swana, and Orange Free State seeking freedom at the Holy Synagogue in Eko Nigeria? This is like jumping from frying pan to fire. Sorry fellow persecuted Africans, at least you have not suffered genocide like Biafrans.

  • Wise Head

    Is Prophet T. B Joshua a ‘man of God’?

    Now, before you become a man of God, you must first become a Christian. And you don’t become a Christian because you are born into some church-going family – even if your father was a pastor. Joshua’s testimony about his call to ministry is that when he was born, there was something strange about him and some seer or something told his mother he was a special child with special mission. And as a child, he began to perform some signs!
    The truth every-Bible Christian knows is that no one is born a Christian or prophet in the New Testament dispensation! You are not Christian because you have an English name. Let’s get that clear. To become a Christian, you must one day repent of all your sins after you’ve heard the gospel and give your life to Christ. After that, you must join a Bible-believing church to be taught the word of God and be trained on how to live a successful Christian life.
    Several men of God I know have their testimonies of salvation, so what is Joshua’s? He does not appear to have any. So, somebody should, please, tell us when Joshua was born again and where and how?
    TWO: Who pastored Joshua?
    Who taught him God’s word? Which Bible-believing church did he belong to before his “call” to start the Synagogue of all Nations?) Who was his pastor? This is the New Testament principle as clearly shown in the Acts of Apostles. Those who received Christ were added to church where they are taught about God by the Apostles and by more mature Christians. Even when Saul had his encounter on the road to Damascus, that was not enough. A Christian called Ananias was sent to him to minister to him. After that, he joined the church in the city, and when he returned to Jerusalem, he joined the church in Jerusalem. So, he was known among the Christian community and he had fellowship with them. Also, the man called Apollos in the Acts of Apostles who studied the Bible and was teaching it (knowing only the baptism of John) was brought in by a Christian couple and taught about the salvation of Christ.
    There was also this man in the Acts of Apostles called Cornelius who began to serve God and try to live right. But God had to send an angel to advise him to send for Peter to come and teach him about salvation in Christ and lead him and his family to Christ. And after that, he was taught on how to live a Christian life. So he had a pastor.
    So, nobody can be born a Christian or prophet, or become one mysteriously in the New Testament. Every genuine pastor must have began his Christian life in a living, Bible-believing church, so where did Joshua begin his? Who and who did he fellowship with as a young Christian? Who knew him as a young Christian? Why is everything about him shrouded in mystery?
    Anybody who has been overwhelmed by his influence can come here and swear that he would die following Joshua – well that is the person’s problem. But get this clear: only an unwise person refuses to investigate the path he is following, and the person leading him on that path. I will never sit under a pastor without a definite Christian testimony, a definite, verifiable Christian foundation. I just hope people would not wait until it has become too late before retracing their steps. Life in eternity is too precious for one to be careless about investigating and being sure of the soundness of the foundation of the Church he is attending or the origin of the “man of god” he is listening to. Who knows, with the recent event, the “man at the synagogue” may have reached his point of unraveling!!!!!

    • Based on New Testament teaching, it’s almost impossible to find any true Pastor today.

      T.B. Joshua is not the only false-prophet in Nigeria.

      Adeboye is another example of a false-prophet.

      • Wise Head

        Which portion of the new testament teaching. Be specific

        • Most Nigerian Pastors (e.g., Adeboye) often lead their congregation in PRAYERS OF DEATH AGAINST THEIR ENEMIES. Such prayers are against the teachings of Christ, therefore those prayers are diabolic and are the fruits of their father the fake-Christ. “… by their fruits you will know them …” (Matthew 7:13-23).

          Luke 6:26-36 “… Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, BLESS THOSE WHO CURSE YOU, and pray for those who spitefully use you. … and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. …”

        • Here’s another example of the Spiritual Treason being committed by Nigerian pastors:
          E.A. Adeboye, Holy Ghost service, Dec. 2008:

          “… When I pray for salvation here it will reach you at the various altars where you may be …
          get up and go to the nearest altar close to you …”

          THAT’S FRAUDULENT.
          The Holy Spirit and Salvation already reached those who want Him DURING THE PREACHING
          of the Gospel. Salvation reaches a person as the person trusts in the fact that God in His pity
          towards us took the Eternal Judgment for us, not through Adeboye’s prayer or physical altar.
          Adeboye is hijacking what belongs to the Holy Spirit alone.

        • Another example of the Spiritual Treason being committed by Pastors in Nigeria:

          “… MUMMY G.O. led a band of few senior pastors to anoint more than 1,000
          men and WOMEN AS PASTORS in the mission …” (VanguardNgr, Aug-2014: RCCG Ends Convention With The Ordination of 1,125 Pastors).

          1Timothy
          2:12-13 “Do not permit a woman to teach or to have AUTHORITY over a
          man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve.”

          1Corinthians 14:34-37 “Let your women keep silent in the
          churches, for they are not permitted to speak, but they are to be
          submissive, as the law also says. … for it is shameful for women to
          speak in church. … If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or
          spiritual, let him
          acknowledge that the things which i write to you are the COMMANDMENTS OF
          THE LORD.”

          God uses women to prophesy, but not to hold the office of an Overseer (Pastor/Bishop).

          • Wise Head

            I think you are confused. I thought you had any evidence to back your wicked and malicious allegation against Pastor Adeboye. You are just a pathetic victim of hate and bitterness. Purge yourself of these vices and be free. They have serious implications for your health and eternal well-being. Don’t wait till it is too late.
            I don’t think I would have any time for your again. So, bye.

          • You actually think Adeboye is the only rubbish Pastor i’m trying to expose?
            Maybe you forgot how this conversation began:

            Based on New Testament teaching, it’s almost impossible to find any true Pastor today.

            T.B. Joshua is not the only false-prophet in Nigeria.

            Adeboye is another example of a false-prophet.

    • Jacobus James

      Sad to see so many lives wasted, really sad. I condole with all those who lost loved ones and all those who suffered grievous bodily harm from this disgraceful incident. To hear about strange plane – no bombing, no strafing claimed, makes one wonder if everybody there in Lagos is insane. Has Lagos government made comments the civilized world is expecting or demanding. Imposing additional floors on a standing structure requires structural evaluation from substructure to superstructure and government building approval before such is done. Was this done at the Synagogue / Was there ever an application to the responsible Lagos State Agency backed with professional structural survey before the addition ? Was there an approval for such an addition ? These are answers we should be given; these will determine if Joshua and his group should be in jail awaiting trial for mass murder. I feel ashamed to hear all these rubbish about demonic attack and visions of attempt to kill Joshua.

  • Spoken word

    People need to take control of their destinies and not looking for one prayer warrior or prophet of doom.these guys are living fat on our gullibility.

    • T.B Joshua raises the dead, therefore he should start raising those who died in his building.

      Nigerians and West Africans called for ZMapp and other experimental drugs.

      Why have Nigerians and West Africans refused to call on their ANOINTED ONES
      (e.g., Adeboye and Joshua) to start laying hands on Ebola patients?

  • jarsonsmith

    ALL THIS SOUTH AFRICA MAKING NOISE,WHERE THIS PEOPLE KILLED INTENTIONALLY?HOW MANY FOREIGNERS WHERE KILLED INTERNATIONAL IN SOUTH AFRICA DURING XENOPHOBIC ATTACK,WHAT DID SOUTH GOVERNMENT DO ABOUT IT? HOW MANY NIGERIAN HAVE KILLED AND WASTED IN SOUTH AFRICA JUST FOR NOTHING,HOW MANY ZIMBABWEANS AND MOZAMBICAN HAVE BEEN KILLED IN SOUTH AFRICA,YET YOU PEOPLE HAVE THE GOT TO TALK TRASH AS IF IT NIGERIA GOVERNMENT THAT KILLED THOSE PEOPLE,WHEN THEY COMING TO NIGERIA DID THEY INFORM NIGERIA GOVERNMENT,YOU PEOPLE SHOULD BE VERY VERY CAREFUL IN POINTING FINGERS,BECAUSE NIGERIA IS SWAZILAND OF LITTLE COUNTRY YOU TOI TOI WITH,YOU CAN BE YOUR SHEBEEN AND GUY CLUB AND TALK TRASH,BUT I WISH YOU DON’T COME DOWN TO NIGERIA BECAUSE OR ELSE

  • jarsonsmith

    ALL THIS SOUTH AFRICA MAKING NOISE,WHERE THIS PEOPLE KILLED INTENTIONALLY?HOW MANY FOREIGNERS WHERE KILLED INTENTIONALLY IN SOUTH AFRICA DURING XENOPHOBIC ATTACK,WHAT DID SOUTH GOVERNMENT DO ABOUT IT? HOW MANY NIGERIAN HAVE KILLED AND WASTED IN SOUTH AFRICA JUST FOR NOTHING,HOW MANY ZIMBABWEANS AND MOZAMBICAN HAVE BEEN KILLED IN SOUTH AFRICA,YET YOU PEOPLE HAVE THE GOT TO TALK TRASH AS IF IT NIGERIA GOVERNMENT THAT KILLED THOSE PEOPLE,WHEN THEY COMING TO NIGERIA DID THEY INFORM NIGERIA GOVERNMENT,YOU PEOPLE SHOULD BE VERY VERY CAREFUL IN POINTING FINGERS,BECAUSE NIGERIA IS SWAZILAND OF LITTLE COUNTRY YOU TOI TOI WITH,YOU CAN BE IN YOUR SHEBEEN AND GAY CLUB AND TALK TRASH,BUT I WISH YOU DON’T COME DOWN TO NIGERIA BECAUSE OR ELSE