20 September 2014

Another church building collapses in Benin, One dies, 2 trapped


While the nation is still grappling with the recent collapse of a building within the premises of Synagogue church of All Nations resulting in the death of about 80 people mostly foreigners, a one-storey building belonging to Christ Chosen Church of God at Uzama street in Benin City also collapsed on Friday.


At the time of the disaster, nine members of staff were said to be in the building which served as offices and residential building to some officials of the church.

But few minutes before the tragedy, three of the church staff went out to get food. Three out of the half a dozen ensnared staff were brought out alive from the debris of the collapsed building but with bruises while one of them was unfortunately brought out dead. Rescuers, made up mainly of residents of of Uzama Street, Uzebu quarters in Egor local government area of Edo State were still searching for the remaining two as at the time of writing this story.

Angered by what they considered as poor rescuing effort, some residents of Uzama Street went berserk and set ablaze a bus belonging to the church, while also vandalizing the church properties.

Their grouse was that the church authorities refused to call for rescue operations hours after the building collapsed. They also blamed the church for using individuals to destroy the church instead of hiring a bulldozer.

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