A few days ago, the nation mourned the tragic neutralization of worshippers in a church in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Just as we were trying to digest the enormity of that avoidable loss, another tragedy struck at the Synagogue Church of all Nations, Ikotun, Lagos State.
Several persons have been confirmed [neutralized] following a stampede on the church’s premises.
The victims had struggled to see the church’s General Overseer, Prophet T.B Joshua, during a special healing service.
Their corpses were said to have been deposited in a morgue in the state.
An eyewitness, who did not want to be identified, said the stampede occurred around 4.30am.
He said, “It was the church’s annual deliverance and healing program.
“Usually at this time, the church becomes a beehive of activities as people come in their thousands to see the prophet for miracles.
“People lodge in different hotels surrounding the church. And they all arrive at the church very early.
“There is a canopy on the premises where worshippers are screened before they see the man of God.
“However, on Saturday, after being screened, the crowd was much.
“A lot of people started struggling through the doorway to see the prophet.
“In the process, three people collapsed. They were rushed to the Isolo General Hospital, where they were confirmed dead.”
“Their families were immediately contacted and they identified them.
As of 2pm when our correspondent left the area, a service was still on in Synagogue.
A female responder said “Nothing happened on the church premises yesterday. Nobody was [neutralized]. Nobody. Thank you.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, however, confirmed the incident, adding that investigations were ongoing.
She said, “The story is true. An investigation is ongoing as we await the result of the autopsy.