Nigerian church collapse kills over 60 worshippers

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Nigerian church collapse kills at least 60 worshippers

The roof of a crowded church has collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria on Saturday, killing at least 60 people, witnesses and an official said. The Reigners Bible Church International in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom state, was still under construction and workers had been rushing to finish it in time for a ceremony on Saturday to ordain founder Akan Weeks as a bishop, congregants said. Hundreds of people, including Governor Udom Emmanuel, were inside when metal girders crashed onto worshippers and the corrugated iron roof caved in, they said. Emmanuel and Weeks, who preached that God .

Many uncounted victims were in private mortuaries scattered across Uyo, youth leader Edikan Peters said. He said some people were taking the bodies of relatives to their homes because mortuaries were overcrowded and some did not have refrigeration.

A crane was being used to lift debris believed to be hiding the bodies of more victims, said Edikan Peters. He said he counted 90 bodies before he was told to stop his tally on Saturday night.

Journalists at the scene said church officials were trying to prevent them from documenting the incident, trying to seize cameras and forcing some to leave the area.

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