Scores of persons are reported dead and many others trapped following the collapse of a uncompleted Guest House belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nation of Prophet TB Joshua collapsed Friday afternoon at the headquarters of the church in the Ikotun area of Lagos.
The incident which occured at about 2pm claimed the lives of worshippers in the Church who were staying in the building.
According to Nigerian Eye, about 50 bodies were recovered from the scene of the collapse building in.
Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, Friday Adeboayo confirmed the recovery of the dead bodies adding that rescue operations are on to evacuate injured persons.
No fewer than 70 guests were said to be in the building when the building came down.
An eyewitness, who insisted that up to 50 persons died in the incident, said he saw almost 10 ambulances loaded with bodies going to and fro, taking victims to nearby hospitals.
He said, “I’m very sure that nothing less than 50 people were killed in the incident as ambulances loaded with bodies were going to and fro. The collapse was massive and the casualty figure was high.”
An official communication from The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations said: “The few people that were there are being rescued. What you wish to others, God wishes to you. Nothing makes us love a person as much as praying for him. The more I love you, the more I will pray for you.”
The Synagogue Church is a popular worship centre in Nigeria, attracting thousands of people, mostly those seeking miracles and spiritual healing, from around the world.
Its founder, Temitope Joshua, is also well known for prophesying future tragic events. He predicted the death of Malawi’s late president Bingu wa Mutharika.