Synagogue building collapse rescue ends with 80 dead

Rescue operations at the site of the collapsed building at The Synagogue Church of All Nations, Lagos, have ended with 80 people confirmed dead.

A five-storey building inside the church’s premises at Ikotun collapsed last Friday as three additional floors were being added to the original two-storey structure.

After six days of gruelling search for bodies trapped under the rubble, 131 people were rescued, in addition to the 80 bodies.

Ibrahim Farinloye, South-West Spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, described the rescue operation as “successful.”

“Though we had initial problem in the beginning, everything went well,” Mr. Farinloye Thursday over the phone.

Emergency rescue officials who arrived soon after the building collapsed around noon last Friday were attacked by church members who wanted to deny them access into the church.

Journalists were not also spared the assault as mobile phones and cameras were smashed by overzealous members of the church.

On Tuesday, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa announced that 67 South Africans perished in the building collapse.
But Mr. Farinloye said that the nationalities of the recovered corpses are yet to be ascertained.

“We have started sorting the bodies already. And until we finish, we can’t say who is from where,” Mr. Farinloye said.

The founder of The Synagogue Church of all Nations, Temitope Balogun Joshua (popularly known as T.B. Joshua), described the tragedy as a hard time that cannot destroy him.

“It is through hard times that you gain the necessary experience and maturity to handle whatever responsibility given you,” Mr. Joshua wrote on the church’s official Facebook page on Tuesday.

“We are most likely to go astray from God and forget him when things are easy with us in the world because we often become proud and stupid with wealth and pleasure.

“God visits His people with hard times that they may learn His way. His ways, though hard to the ungodly men, are desirable and profitable because they lead us to safety unto eternal life,” Mr. Joshua added.

It is still unclear whether 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 though investigation is still on-going, there is no proof that the church obtained a permit to add additional structures to 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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  • BlackieUmukoro

    A tragedy of monumental proportion, no doubt

  • Don Messi

    This is a sad one indeed.
    Nigerians have lost their value system completely. That is why for some of us, our problem as a nation transcends the ‘PDP/APC’ debate.
    For crying out loud, Lagos state is touted to be a model of APC brand of leadership.
    Yet the Lagos state commissioner for planning said ‘we have no proof that there is a permit”!
    That ws on Sunday. 96hours(4days) later, there is still no proof???? Or are they giving them time to ‘manufacture’ one??

  • Olu Ade

    God has already revealed TB Joshua as the perpetrator of this crime, we are not looking any further. You made the illegal reconstruction of your 2 story building into 6. The blood of the over 80 innocent people killed is on your head. All you need to do is to be preparing to go to jail, end of the story. Rogues in Robe, he is fake, cant see nothing!

    “Bi oba aye ko mu e, ti Orun yo mu e” (If the god of this world(our leaders) dont get you, The God of Heavens will deal with you, AMEN

  • T.B Joshua raises the dead, surely this one is no problem for him.

    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?

  • Amir

    Jesus saves us from PDP and it’s army of prepaid lying pastors. The power of God has terminated their rendezvous with an unprepared leader who simply used such phantom friendship to deceive the people. The Bible narrated how the ‘wise’ men encountered King Herod on their way to visit baby Jesus, none of them was a pastor or priest. Wisdom is in attitude not in Sunday articles.

  • tiiye

    The modern-day calamity is the Caucasian Anglo-masons fulfilling the Mystery Babylon