17 South Africans Missing At Synagogue Church

No fewer than 17 South Africans are still unaccounted for at the scene of the collapsed building at the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, in Ikotun area of Lagos State, western Nigeria, South African government said.
Disclosing this detail to AFP on Thursday, 18 September, 2014, was South Africa’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, adding that the Synagogue church had set up a hotline in Johannesburg for concerned relatives.

This is coming as emergency workers informed that rescue operations at the scene of the collapsed building were concluded on Thursday, 18 September, 2014.
Rescue workers at the collapsed building at the Synagogue church in Ikotun, Lagos.

Rescue workers at the collapsed building at the Synagogue church in Ikotun, Lagos.

Authorities at the SCOAN have remained silent on the identities and number of persons who lodged in the collapsed building prior to the tragic incident, but insisted that the attack was targeted at its Senior Pastor, Prophet Temitope Joshua.

According to the National Emergency Management Authority, NEMA, the number of casualties in the five-storey building which collapsed on Friday, 12 September, 2014, is 80, while the survivors are 131.

Authorities at SCOAN have maintained that the building collapsed shortly after a plane hovered round the building several times.

Reports emerged on Thursday that some of the survivors of the incident have been discharged from hospitals, while DNA tests were expected to be conducted on some of the decomposed bodies evacuated from debris of the collapsed building in other to ascertain the identities of the corpses.

It was also gathered that the remains of foreign victims would be flown to their respective countries as soon as all arrangements pertaining to this are completed. Among affected countries is South Africa.

It is believed that at least five South African church tour groups were visiting the church at the time of the collapse.

South Africa’s International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has said 20 South Africans are currently being treated in Nigerian hospitals after the collapse.

The building which collapsed served as a guesthouse on Mr Joshua’s campus.

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