Church building collapse: Pastor absent in first service

Eight days after a church building belonging to Reigners Bible Church collapsed, the church relocated to a temporary location.

Sunday’s service was held at the Uyo Local Government multipurpose, Akwa Ibom State.

The GO and owner of the church, Bishop Akan Weeks, was missing from the first service after the collapse tragedy.

The church premises has since been sealed off by security agents on the orders of the state government.

Our correspondents observed that ‘tourists’ still visited the church premises.

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However, they were not allowed entry to the premises as three anti-riot police manned the entrance to the facility.

Some vehicles with the church inscriptions were allowed into the place to carry some equipment.

When contacted, a lady who answered the call said, “It was not a regular service. We only met there to pray for one hour.

“We also chose to go round the hospitals to pray with those who were injured.

“But, why don’t you people leave us alone.

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“All these things you are writing, is it not causing more tension?”

Reacting to rising cases of building collapse, the American Society of Safety Engineers blamed building collapses on poor safety standards.

“The American Society of Safety Engineers totally condemns inadequacies in safety standards and practice.

“The failure to adhere to safety standards has been responsible for the tragedy that has claimed lives.

“There is a need for citizens to stand up to ensure that standard operating procedures are followed.

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“We are using the opportunity of the summit to emphasize and partner tested and trusted organizations

“We need to guard our investments and buildings.

“This will ensure that the highest safety precautions are adhered to.

“Nigerians must resist any form of quark no matter how enticing it may look and look up to the safety of its citizenry.

“We advocate a comprehensive investigation and a root cause analysis of why the building in Uyo collapsed.