SA team heads to Lagos, Nigeria

By Drum Digital
17 September 2014

A team will leave for Nigeria tonight to assist with forensic tests for more citizens who may have died following the collapse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations on Friday.

A team will leave for Nigeria tonight to assist with forensic tests for more citizens who may have died following the collapse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations on Friday.

South Africa’s High Commissioner to Nigeria Lulu Mnguni sayt he advanced team, made up of 10 officials, will assist in the search and recovery operation.

Mnguni has confirmed at least 17 people are still unaccounted for.

She said the South African team will be assisting the Nigerian authorities in identifying bodies: “We’ll need fingerprint and DNA experts and other people who can assist in retrieving our people from the rubble.”

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says 20 South Africans are being treated in Nigerian hospitals.  She has promised to keep South Africans updated as victims are identified.

A South African team already on site will continue searching through the rubble to ensure all those missing are accounted for.

The collapse occurred when three extra storeys were being added to the existing two storeys of a guest house of the church compound, where visitors stay.

In a shock announcement last night, President Jacob Zuma disclosed that 67 South Africans had died in the tragedy.

Led by the charismatic “Prophet” TB Joshua, the Lagos Pentecostal church attracts a global following of Christians who believe he is able to perform miracles.

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