Synagogue Building Collapse: Woman walks out of rubble after being trapped for three days

A woman of about 45 years old walked out of the rubble unaided around 2 a.m. on Tuesday as rescue efforts continued at the site of the collapsed building at The Synagogue Church of All Nations, in Lagos.

Ibrahim Farinloye, South-West Spokesperson of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said that the woman, who had been trapped under the rubble since the accident on Friday, was “hale and hearty.”

“She was traumatized, so we didn’t want her to talk. But she sustained little injuries on her ankle and wrist,” Mr. Farinloye told PREMIUM TIMES over the phone.

Meanwhile, eight more bodies were recovered over night, bringing the death toll yet to 57 dead and 131 rescued.

On Monday, three police sniffer dogs were deployed to the accident scene to assist in the search and rescue of trapped bodies.

Mr. Farinloye said that the dogs have been helpful and rescue efforts could be over “latest by Tuesday night.”

The collapsed building inside the church’s premises was a five-storey building which initially was two-storey and the church decided to add three additional floors on it.

But there is no evidence yet that the church secured regulatory approval before it embarked on increasing the floors of the collapsed building.

Olutoyin Ayinde, the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, told reporters at the scene on Sunday that although investigation was still ongoing, there was no proof that the church obtained a permit to add additional structures to the existing ones.

“We have no proof that there is a permit,” he said.

“We’ve asked the engineering team to meet us and for about two hours now no member of the engineering team has come because we also have questions to ask.”


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  • Wähala

    “engineering team” ke? No engineering team will come because there’s no engineering team to talk to…
    fake TB (tuberculosis) Joshua is the only team member you need to tow to kirikiri until he provides the building permit that authorized him to “upgrade” his motel to a hotel. So far, he’s guilty of 57 manslaughters and 131 bodily injuries, tax evasion, violation of §419 of our criminal codes, etc… Olosi ni TB Joshua. He belongs in the gulag… likewise, Oritsejafor. Thieves !!

    • Don Messi

      I agree with 77% of what u have written. But the about 23% I don’t agree with are quite grave nd serious.
      Which leads me to this question : off the records Wähala, are you down with Ebola??
      Heard there is a cure in a place called Sambisa forest. Don’t die in silence.
      Just asking..pls no vex.

      • Wähala

        All or nothing… I dey vex!

        • Don Messi

          Hehehe…FAKE GUY

    • Inah Etemfa

      You are a controversial commentator.

      • redeem

        too much human meat in his soul————–asking his head questions——-why did u eat me————why did u kill me for your soup pot————-why—————-why

        • Wähala

          The only Nigerians hanged for eating human meat were Ken Saro-Wiwa and his Ogoni-9 savages.
          Höly Wähala only eats pawpaw, I’m a vegetarian for your info… and healthy like a horse. Go-siddon!
          Drunkard by nature. As recently as the nineties Ogonis were still eating fellow humans, hope the Abacha Lesson is not lost on you. I may be controversial because I can’t be bought, but I still get more upvotes than you or that tout… and indeed, every other commentator out there. I guess my followers are also human flesh eaters ba? Keep drinking, your comments prove you’re a drunkard. Aborigine!

          • Gideon Orkar

            But he has 44 followers and you have none!

          • Wähala

            Do you have 44 heads?
            You must be a mega-specie of dragon!
            Drunkard, name them if I’m lying that you have forty-four heads!!

          • Gideon Orkar

            Are you sometimes lucid!

          • Wähala

            Have just learnt the word? You’ve misused it…
            Answer my question which is easy to a discerning mind… do you have 44 heads?

          • Gideon Orkar

            Lol!!! What I said is 100% correct. Pls don’t reply with “aborigine” insult!

            I repeat again, are you sometimes lucid?

      • Wähala

        Well, why not?
        Why should I pander for crumbs or pats on the back?
        Controversial or not, I never miss the bull’s eyeballs… kapisch?

    • redeem

      stop buying dangote Cement period———————

      • Wähala

        If you believe “the incident has nothing to do with engineering work”…it confirms only to you what everbody else knows about you: that you are First Class Dunce… passed with flying colors! It also confirms what I’ve been telling you for fours years: that Aborigine education is contaminated education, waste of our resources. Olodo repete. The only lasting solution is what I’ve also sang about for years: gather you and your near-naked cousins and deport you to your natural habitat in Papua New Guinea… animals cannot continue to mix with humans. Aborigines are cross-bred animals. The proof is their wide noses, think of Dickson, Dumbo, Clark, Timi alaibe, and other zoo dwellers… think of Chimps!

    • Alowonle

      Stop insulting pastor TB Joshua. He is a man of the masses

      • Wähala

        Man of the masses indeed… were the masses who died in his motel-turned-hotel staying there for free?
        Mumu. Stop believing in miracles. Only very few people are bestowed with that gift and there are no Nigerians on the list. It’s not like Dangote making the “baba olowo list” of the World by monopolizing the cement and flour business, ‘God’s Men’ are not your average Naija Man of God… Joshua is tuberculosis to the average Naija and that’s my gospel. g Go-siddon!

    • Gideon Orkar

      I concur with the first part of your post

      • Wähala

        Go to Hell !!!

        • Gideon Orkar

          You sound very agitated today. Did you miss your dose of prozac?