Tragedy occurred Saturday as Reigners Bible Church, located at Km. 1 Uyo Village Rd, Off Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo collapsed, leading to loss of lives.
It was gathered that many worshippers and high profile citizens of the state, including the Executive Governor Mr. Udom Emmanuel sustained serious injuries.
A lady eyewitness said the ugly incident occurred about 11:00am, just few minutes after Governor Udom Emmanuel and his entourage entered the church.
She added the governor and many others however narrowly escaped death but sustained serious injuries.
Udom Emmanuel was supposed to be a special guest at the ordination of the founder of the church, Pastor Akan Weeks as bishop.
A reliable police source said, “As we speak now all the patrol teams within Uyo are there trying to rescue as many as they can. But they said they needed a crane. You know a big function is supposed to hold there today. But I heard that they had to hire Julius Berger cranes because that is the kind of machine that can be used under such situation.”
Emergency ambulances were spotted along Barracks Road about 12:30pm carrying some of the wounded victims and heading towards the Ibom Specialist Hospital at Itam.
The governor is in good condition as at the time of filing this report as he was rushed to the Government House immediately. The total number of deaths recorded is unconfirmed, but sources say no fewer than 30 persons died on the spot.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Irene Ugbo, is yet to respond to a message sent to her mobile number.