Church collapse

‘Infrasonic weapon’ caused church collapse: Academic

An “infrasonic weapon” caused the collapse of a church’s guest house in Lagos where 81 South Africans were killed last year. That’s according to an academic paper published this month. Its author, Paul Biedomo Iguniwei, claims the building absorbed “high energy infrasound”, which caused its atoms to resonate. Eighty-one South[…]

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Funeral process begins for church victims

The process of sending the bodies of those killed in the Nigerian church building collapse to their places of burial has commenced, government said on Tuesday. This followed the official reception ceremony for 74 victims held at Waterkloof Air Force Base on Sunday, Nigeria inter-ministerial task team spokeswoman Phumla Williams[…]

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ANC salutes Zuma intervention

The ANC saluted and thanked President Jacob Zuma on Sunday for intervening in the prolonged repatriation of the bodies of 85 people killed over two months ago in a church building collapse in Nigeria. “The situation of delayed repatriation of the deceased made the pain and agony of the bereaved[…]

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Repatriation team to arrive in Nigeria

A team appointed to expedite the repatriation of the remains of 85 people from South Africa who died when a church building collapsed in Lagos will leave for Nigeria on Friday, government said. “A mass body repatriation team consisting of 80 specialist members from the department of health, the SA[…]

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No timeline for return of church collapse bodies

Families of South Africans who died in the Nigerian church collapse have an indefinite wait for the return of the bodies — which continue to decompose, the SA government said on Sunday. “We wish we had [a timeline]. We are entirely at the mercy of the Nigerians,” said government spokeswoman[…]

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Return of bodies to take time: Radebe

It is likely to take “a considerable amount of time” before the bodies of the South Africans killed in the church building collapse in Nigeria are flown home, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Sunday. Updating reporters in Pretoria on the situation, he said the latest report out[…]

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Nigerian preacher to visit SA after church tragedy

Nigerian preacher TB Joshua on Sunday said he would travel to South Africa in the coming weeks to meet families and survivors of a building collapse at his church that killed scores. A guesthouse at Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed on September 12 as more floors were being[…]

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SA death toll in Nigeria up to 84: Report

The number of South Africans killed in a building collapse in Nigeria has increased from 67 to 84, SABC radio news reported on Friday. South Africa’s high commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Louis Mnguni, told the state broadcaster in an interview on Friday morning the death toll had gone up to[…]

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GOTG chased away in Lagos

While family members anxiously wait on any news from loved ones, information from Nigeria has been a total blackout, after a building collapsed in Lagos last Friday. Relief organization Gift of the Givers reported on Wednesday that their representatives in Lagos had been chased away, after trying to assist a[…]

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Nigerian preacher under pressure after church collapse

A popular Nigerian preacher and televangelist was under mounting pressure on Wednesday to co-operate with the authorities after a fatal building collapse in Lagos that claimed at least 67 lives. TB Joshua and staff at his Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) have so far failed to disclose information to[…]

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