Few minutes into the coronation ceremony of Bishop-elect, Akan Weeks, his church building caved in. Governor Udom was at the service.
Conflicting reports of persons [neutralized] range from 50 to 200 persons.
The church, Reigners Bible Ministry, is located in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.
Two of Udom’s commissioners and another aide were said to have been seriously injured.
An unconfirmed report said one of the governor Udom’s aides was [neutralized] in the collapse.
An Eye witnessed reported that the building said the building collapsed around 11 am.
This barely less than an hour after the coronation ceremony began.
An eyewitness said: “I saw Apostle Weeks, Governor Udom, and other officials escape through the vestry.
“This was the creaking sound of the collapsing building became louder and fell on some of the people.
“When we were about taking the offering, 30 minutes after the governor came in, the building caved in.
“Security operatives took him away.
“Within seconds after the loud sound, the roof caved in and trapped scores of the worshippers”, another eyewitness said.
One of the governor’s aides, Mr. Finbarr Ukpong, who moderated the event at the church service, thanked God for saving his life.
“I thank God for saving me. I also thank those who called to check up on me.
Meanwhile, Akwa Ibom State government has released an official statement, following the incident.
“The Government of Akwa Ibom State wishes to commiserate with the families of those affected by the collapse this afternoon.
“His Excellency, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel was present at the church service.
“He is safe and sound.
“He has directed that the full resources of the State be made available for the treatment of those who were injured.
“A high-powered panel of inquiry is being constituted to ascertain the factors leading that led to the collapse.
“In the meantime, the Government of Akwa Ibom State is appealing to all citizens of the state to remain calm.