December 12, 2016 – Uyo Church Collapse: Akwa Ibom Governor Orders Arrest Of Reigners Contractors, Survivor Speak From Hospital
The contractors of the doomed church building that fell on worshippers in Uyo on Saturday are in big trouble.
The engineers who allegedly used substandard materials to construct the Reigners Bible Church building that killed scores of people are to report to the police this week.
Udom’s media aide, Aniekeme Finbarr who spoke to reporters yesterday said the State Governor ordered the arrest of the contractors 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,”. – Finbarr said
A survivor Eno Etim 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.”
Another victim 22-year-old Emen Akpanitiat said the building collapsed while the congregation was singing before offering collection.
“It happened 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.”
On how Governor Emmanuel Udom survived the incident, this is what one of his aides said: