September 13, 2014 – There seems to be no end to the number of deaths and those rescued at the collapsed guest house in the compound of Pastor TB Joshua’s Synagogue of All Nations at Ikotun, a suburb of Lagos State, Nigeria.
In the last few minutes the death toll has risen, so were the number of those rescued from the debris of the 6 storey building under construction in the church.
Public Relations Officer, National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA), Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye said in the last few minutes that the death toll has risen to 17 adding that 123 people mostly guest have been rescued from the debris. “Among those rescued are two girls age four and eight with 80 percent of the survivors made up of women” he added.
He said rescue operation is still ongoing. He said it was not easy for the rescue operators and journalists to gain access to the venue of the building adding that it took the intervention of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola for worshipers and security operatives to allow rescue operators to the site of the collapsed structure.
According to NEMA, officials of the state government were allowed in after the intervention of the governor. He said that prior to the governor’s intervention only guests, comprising Germans were in charge of rescue operation.
We gathered that the affected structure was a guest house approved for about two storey building, but we gathered that the church allegedly opted to raise it to sixth floor and work was ongoing while guests were accommodated in the building.
We gathered that guests were in the dinning having their meals when the structure collapsed at 1PM.