At least 79 people have been reported dead when a church building belonging to Reigners Bible Church collapsed in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
According to sources, the Reigners Bible Church, located along Uyo Village Road, was filled to capacity because its pastor was being consecrated as a Bishop, when the tragedy occurred.
“Pastor Akan Week was being consecrated today so the programme was holding inside the Church when suddenly, the whole building collapsed,” one witness said.
The witness said the Church was being renovated and upgraded because of the expected high number of guests on Saturday.
“Many people are buried under the debris as emergency workers continue rescue exercise,” he said.
Meanwhile, governor Udom Emmanuel was expected to attend the occasion, but, sources said he was not at the church when it collapsed.