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Saturday, 13 September 2014

15 Bodies Recovered From Synagogue Building " Church Leaders Chased Us Away As We Tried To Rescue Victims Trapped In Collapsed Building" — NEMA

Scene of the collapse building at Synagogue Church, Lagos
Scene of the collapse building at Synagogue Church, Lagos

Over 15 bodies have been recovered from the scene of the collapsed building in the premises of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Ikotun, in Lagos.
The Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, Friday Adeboayo, confirmed the recovery of the dead bodies, adding that rescue operations are on to evacuate injured persons.
The building said to be guest house for foreign visitors reportedly collapsed Friday morning.
Reports say  many worshipers who lived inside the church were among those who died, while some are believed to still be trapped under the rubble of the collapsed building.

Ambulances have since arrived the scene, taking the injured to the hospital, while the deceased are being evacuated to the mortuary.

Officials of the National Emergency management Agency, NEMA, were prevented from rescuing more victims of the collapsed Synagogue of Nations Church’s Guest House, which collapsed Friday afternoon. 

The spokesperson of the agency, Ibrahim Familoye, stated this in a telephone interview on Friday night. The building, which was initially a two-storey complex, was being refurbished with three additional floors already added to it when it collapsed. 

Scene of the collapse building Photo: Nairaland

Mr. Familoye, who had earlier indicated that about three persons died and 20 others injured, said the agency could not rescue more victims because the church chased its officials away. “The church members attacked us,” he said. “First responders ran away for their own safety. I don’t know what they’re hiding, they said they are capable of handling the situation but they doing a shoddy job of it. People are still trapped in the rubble. “If we were allowed to work we would have worked all night but the safety of the emergency responders comes first. If they can attack us in the day, there is no knowing what they would do at night.” 

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