A survivor from the Friday, December 9, Akwa Ibom church building collapse has give a detail account of how the incident occurred.
A survivor from the Akwa Ibom church building collapse said a lady had just been called for praise and worship when the incident happened. She said the congregation were singing and dancing had just begun when the building caved in. She also said an iron fell on her back and she landed on the ground
She said after as the lady led the congregation into the worship session, singing and dancing had just begun when the building caved in.
Etim, a resident from Oron said she does not worship at the Reigners Bible Church International Inc. in Uyo.
The survivor said she had only come to witness the consecration of the pastor of the church, Akam Weeks, as a Bishop.
“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 said.
Narrating the incident, Etim said no one expected that such a building will collapse.
Etim said: “The iron fell on my back forcing me to fall on the ground with my face down.”
She was however moved to the University of Uyo teaching hospital for proper care and treatment.
Meanwhile, Etims niece Nkoyo Okon, said she received a call from an unknown person that her aunt was at the hospital.
Okon said: “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.”
Also, an another survivor, a 22-year-old Emen Akpanitiat, said after the Akwa Ibom state governor Emmanuel Udom came into the church, the congregation embarked on a praise and worship.
She said the building collapsed immediately the people were dancing – in preparation for offering.
“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,”Okon 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,” she said.
Also, Okon’s sister said her entire family is grateful to God for her survival. The state governor narrowly escaped death on Friday, December 9, after the building of Reigners Bible Church collapsed in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.
The governor said he assisted the rescue team in ensuring that victims were freed from the debris.