Accra, Dec 11: A hospital director says 160 people were killed when a church roof collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria.
NAN said, the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, who was among the worshippers as a special guest of honour at the elevation and consecration service of the founder of the Church, Apostle Akan Weeks to the rank of a Bishop, at the time of the collapse of the building escaped unhurt.
Later in a broadcast on state radio, Governor Emmanuel said, the State Government will bear the medical cost of all those injured.
"We note that we have never had such a shocking incident in the history of our dear state. Government will, therefore, set up a high-powered panel of inquiry to ascertain the immediate and remote causes leading to the collapse of the building with a view to forestalling the recurrence of such incident and bring to book persons found to have compromised professional standards in the construction of the building," he said.
Governor Emmanuel appealed to all citizens to remain calm, pray for the injured and avoid undue speculation as the situation is being given the best possible attention.
Two years ago, a guesthouse on the premises of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) collapsed at Ikotun-Egbe, a suburb in the Nigerian commercial capital, Lagos killing over 115 people, of whom some 84 of them were reported to be South Africans nationals.