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Nigeria: Death toll in Uyo church collapse still unclear

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<p>Days after a church in Uyo, the capital of the Nigerian state of Akwa Ibom collapsed during worship, the actual number of people who died is yet to be reconciled. </p> <p>Local media reports say as many as hundreds were killed whiles the police has confirmed 60 casualties.</p> <p>Governor of Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel who was also trapped under the rubble but was rescued is however disputing the figures. </p> <p>“I have personally gone round to many hospitals to check the level of victims admitted and casualties that we had. Based on the paper, I have reconciled… is 22 that died. Then we still have unreconciled numbers that would be between six and seven,” he said. </p> <p>Dozens of injured people are still being treated at hospitals across the state. </p> <p>Authorities have meanwhile ordered an inquiry into the collapse as they go after the engineers. </p> <p>“The law is there to take care of those found culpable,” Udom Emmanuel assured adding “Why do you set up a panel of inquiry if you just want to let everybody go?”. </p> <p>He said “irrespective of who is involved, if you are found culpable, definitely you will face the wrath of the law.” </p> <p>In September 2014, more than a hundred people were killed in a similar incident at a church belonging to televangelist, T.B Joshua.</p>
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