Akwa Ibom State Gov. Udom Emmanuel, Orders The Arrest Of Contractors Of Collapsed Church

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at 12-12-2016 07:46AM (3 years ago)

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The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has ordered the immediate arrest of the contractors and engineers that constructed the Reigners Bible Church International Inc, Uyo, which collapsed on Saturday, killing scores of people.


Survivors: Eno Etim (left) and Emem Akpanitiat at the St. Luke’s General Hospital, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State...on Sunday.

Specifically, one of the personal assistants to the governor on media, Mr. Aniekeme Finbarr, who spoke with CNN’s correspondent Becky Anderson, said the governor gave the order on Sunday.

“They should be made to answer certain questions so that the state would be able to get to the root cause of the matter,” the governor was quoted as saying.

The governor’s call came on the heels of a similar call by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, for a probe of the disaster.


Some survivors of the church building collapse have also given a first-hand account of how the building collapsed on Saturday.

One of the survivors, Eno Etim, who spoke with Punch, on Sunday, said the building collapsed shortly after a lady was called to lead the praise worship.

Etim, who hails from Mbo Local Government Area of the state, said there was no foreboding of the monumental disaster that was waiting to happen.

The housewife, who spoke shortly before she was moved out of the St. Luke’s General Hospital, Annua, Uyo, to the University of UYO Teaching, Uyo, said the congregation was dancing when the church collapsed.

She said that she could not recall how she landed in the hospital, adding that an iron bar hit her at the back, sending her reeling on the floor before she passed out.

Explaining that she was not a member of the church, Etim said she had come to witness the ordination of the presiding pastor of the church, Akan Weeks, as a bishop, because they both belong to the United Intercessors Network.

She said, “I was inside the church. Everything was normal; there was no problem. A lady was called to lead the praise worship session; the governor came in shortly after that. As the praise worship was going on, the building fell and I didn’t know how I got here.

“The iron fell on my back forcing me to fall on the ground with my face down.

“I don’t worship in the church. I worship in the United Intercessors Network, which Bishop Akan Weeks also belong to. I don’t live in Uyo. I came all the way from Oron.”

Etim’s niece, Nkoyo Okon, said she was at home when someone called her and told her about Etim’s plight.

“I knew she went to the church. But she later called me on the phone to tell me she had been taken to Annua hospital. So, I had to rush down here. I’m grateful to God she is alive,” Okon said.

Another victim, 22-year-old Emen Akpanitiat, said the building came down when the congregation embarked on praise worship when the governor came in.

Akpanitiat, who hails from Ikot Mbonde in Itu LGA, said the church building collapsed while the congregation was dancing and singing preparatory to offering collection.

She said, “It was when the governor came and people started dancing. I’m in pains. The doctor said I’m going to be moved to the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital.”



gogoman at 12-12-2016 07:51AM (3 years ago)
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medicine after death!! so una no get structural engineer for the state wey suppose dye over look big project like that before
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jeroba1 at 12-12-2016 07:53AM (3 years ago)
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Gud moves.
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concentrate at 12-12-2016 07:53AM (3 years ago)
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Good call.
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Igotalkam at 12-12-2016 08:10AM (3 years ago)
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The contractor should be arrested
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Igotalkam at 12-12-2016 08:11AM (3 years ago)
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The pastor should be quizzed too
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Igotalkam at 12-12-2016 08:12AM (3 years ago)
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That one Na medicine after death
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Igotalkam at 12-12-2016 08:13AM (3 years ago)
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You should have inspected d building while it was being built
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diutopep at 12-12-2016 08:14AM (3 years ago)
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Ooh
Mmmmm
Na Waa O
Only God knows the Actual cause of this disaster....
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diutopep at 12-12-2016 08:21AM (3 years ago)
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And must this disaster happened on that particular day of the ordination??
To me, it looks somehow O!
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CHRISETTE at 12-12-2016 08:22AM (3 years ago)
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Oh dear
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Igotalkam at 12-12-2016 08:23AM (3 years ago)
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Doing the right job at the wrong Time
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Igotalkam at 12-12-2016 08:25AM (3 years ago)
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Heavy weight spiritual people in action
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Igotalkam at 12-12-2016 08:26AM (3 years ago)
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Make una leave d contractors alone
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Igotalkam at 12-12-2016 08:27AM (3 years ago)
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Una need to dig very deep & find out the real cause
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diutopep at 12-12-2016 08:30AM (3 years ago)
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Congratulations to the survivors!
And may God who knows why he didn't allow them to be among the dead, heals them completely.....
Amen!
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Igotalkam at 12-12-2016 08:31AM (3 years ago)
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The people responsible, no matter how strong they are, would never go unpunished
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419BigBoy at 12-12-2016 01:02PM (3 years ago)
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gud move



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419BigBoy at 12-12-2016 01:04PM (3 years ago)
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Fashola couldn't dock TB Joshua in that collapse 2 yrs ago
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419BigBoy at 12-12-2016 01:05PM (3 years ago)
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we'll see how this plays out.
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