Governor Cheats Death as Foundation Building of Church Caves in
- CPS seriously injured
- Unconfirmed number dead
- Several injured; scores on danger list
By Ramo SilversToday is Black Saturday for the government and people of Akwa Ibom State following the tragedy that just visited the State leaving a yet-to-be confirmed number dead, several severely wounded and scores on danger list from varying degrees of injuries.
The State Governor, Deacon Udom Emmanuel is currently receiving medical attention after escaping death by the whiskers following the collapse of the Reigners Bible Church located along Uyo Village Road, a shouting distance from the HillTop Mansion Akwa Ibom Government House on Wellington Bassey Way.
The Governor who was a guest at the Bishopric Enthronement of the founder of the Church, Apostle Akan Weeks was rushed to the Government House Clinic after the incident.
Eye witlessness reports have it that while the event was in session, the foundation of the church caved in and the building collapsed, bringing an abrupt end to the function.
Though Governor Emmanuel is confirmed to be stable, hale and hearty; his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Ekerette Udoh, who was seriously wounded during the collapse, is currently receiving medical attention, but the fate of the host, Apostle Weeks is yet to be ascertained, though he was equally rushed to the Government House Clinic.
A member of the church we spoke to volunteered that several people lost their lives and that with every passing minute, Julius Berger, the construction giant; Red Cross and other members of the emergency rescue team are discovering and evacuating more dead bodies from under the pillage of the collapse.
There is vehicular and human traffic at Life Care Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital, Anua, Uyo, where the most of the casualties were rushed to. And several deaths have already been recorded at both medical facilities.
Another member of the church we spoke to said that the building project was rushed, possibly to water the self-centredness, ego and pride of those at the centre of the ordination; aside from its being supervised by a ‘baby-architect’ who parades a mere 18-month post-qualification experience.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that the appropriate government bodies never issued the necessary approvals for the building project to be embarked upon.