NEMA ends rescue work at Synagogue collapsed building

imageThe National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said that it has concluded the search-and-rescue at the Synagogue church building that collapsed last Friday.

The South-West spokesperson of NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, stated this in a chat with our reporter yesterday.

He said the search-andrescue operation has ended, with 80 people dead and 131 rescued alive.

Meanwhile, the General Overseer of Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, Pastor Temitope Joshua, has stated that God would reveal those behind the collapsed building

Eighty people died and 131 injured in the Lagos incident involving Nigerians, South Africans and other overseas nationals, Joshua said.

South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, on Tuesday stated that 67 of his compatriots were killed in the incident.

But rescue workers have said lack of cooperation from the church authorities had hindered the search operation and efforts to establish the identity of the other victims.

Joshua, who did not comment directly on the deaths, rejected claims that his officials had obstructed the rescue effort and investigation.

He said: “The church, its members and partners had been working closely with the authorities in Nigeria, South Africa and other nations to help the rescue effort and care for the injured.”

He described those who died as ‘martyrs of the Kingdom of God’.

“The pain of one is the pain of all. It is indeed a sad and painful moment for the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones.

“To all those who lost family members and loved ones, please accept our heartfelt commiserations.

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