BENUE: Government plans mass burial for those killed by collapsed church building

The Benue state government on Monday assured the families of those who died in the collapse building of St Roberts Catholic Mission Church, Adambge in Vandekikya local government area of Benue state, that it will carter for their needs while the victims will be given mass burial at the church premises.

Eyewitnesses said the number of casualty was high because help could not reach those trapped on time.

The Benue state commissioner for information, Conrade Wergba who said this, disclosed that twenty two persons died in the incident while the medical bill of those injured and receiving treatment at the hospital will also be settled by the state government.

Mr Wergba and the state’s commissioner of Education, Elizabeth Ukoh had accompanied the Deputy Governor, Steven Lawani to the church to commiserate with the church and affected families on the sad incident.

Following the assessment of the incident, the state government ordered the establishment of a comprehensive health care facility in Adamgbe and grading of the road for easy accessibility to the village.

At least 22 persons were on Sunday confirmed dead as the church building collapsed on Saturday night while parishioners were worshiping during the Easter vigil service.
Eyewitnesses said the number of casualty was high because help could not reach those trapped on time.

EASTER TRAGEDY: 38 die in Catholic and Deeper life Churches

At least 30 persons have been confirmed dead as a Catholic church building in Adamgbe, Mbayongo Vandeikya Local Government Area of Benue state collapsed on Saturday night while parishioners were worshiping during the Easter vigil night.

Eyewitnesses said the number of casualty was high because help could not reach those trapped on time.

The church, St. Roberts Catholic church collapsed in the middle of the service held to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ night.

Eyewitnesses said the number of casualty was high because help could not reach those trapped on time.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Alaribe Ejike, who confirmed the incidence said that
the worshippers died when the Church collapsed on them.

He said the speculations that the incidence was caused by an attack as reported by some foreign
media agencies is a lie.

Mr Ejike assured the people of the state of the readiness of the police to protect the lives and
property of citizens.

Eight die at Deeper life retreat

Eight persons have also been confirmed dead during the Deeper Life Easter Retreat in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

The camp where the worshippers assembled at Eyenkorin, on the outskirts of Ilorin, reportedly collapses on Friday due to a heavy rain accompanied by thunderstorm leaving eight dead and several others injured.

This was said to be as a result of a heavy downpour, accompanied by thunderstorm.

Eyewitnesses said a pillar of the camp venue collapsed, leading to the crashing of the worship centre on worshippers.

Seven persons were reported dead on the spot while a pastor of the church, who was on his way to donate blood for the severely injured, was hit and killed by a vehicle on his motorbike.