3 Dead, 5 Rescued in Benin Church Building Collapse

Church BuildingIt was a tragic day  as three people have been confirmed dead after a church building collapsed in Benin City on Friday.

The one-storey building, belonging to Christ Chosen Church Of God, collapsed at about 2pm in the Erhunse area of the city.

About 9 people were said to be demolishing the building, following the relocation of the church to a new structure, when it caved in, trapping the workers inside.

Speaking at the scene of the incident, the Commissioner of Police, Edo State Command, said that he got an anonymous call which prompted his quick intervention as an irate crowd threatened to set ablaze what was left of the property.

T.B Joshua Blames “Strange Aircraft” For Collapsed Synagogue Building

T.B JoshuaThe Founder and General Overseer of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Temitope Joshua, popularly referred to as T.B Joshua, has linked the collapse of a building within the premises of the church headquarters in Lagos, to a “strange aircraft” which he said hovered around the building before it collapsed.

While briefing journalists on the incident on Saturday, the pastor was said to have provided a video evidence, showing a flying aircraft, to back his claim.

In the said video, a plane was seen flying over the collapsed guest house belonging to the church at four different times, between 11:30 am and 11:54 am – on Friday morning. The building collapsed at about 1pm, on the same day.

According to the pastor, the said aircraft contributed to the incident, which led to the death of at least 40 persons.

He further alleged that he was the target of the hovering jet.

“Immediately I left the prayer room (which is a 10-minute drive from the church) for the church, I got a call that a jet was hovering over the prayer room but as I finished bathing and moved to the prayer room, I got another call that the jet has moved to the church and that was it,” Mr. Joshua said.

“Members cannot be the target, the easier way to stop this church is to get the head and from my explanation, you know the truth,” he added.

Mr Joshua has called on security agents to study the video evidence, a CCTV footage, and investigate the incident.