One dead, many injured as church building collapses during church service in Delta State

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Tragedy struck on Sunday in Delta State, as a church building collapsed on worshippers.

Parishioners had converged at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Ugolo, in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State, for Sunday morning mass when midway into the service, a section of the building collapsed.

The Church drummer, 11-year-old Jeffery Enukanehire died on the spot when the building wall fell on him while drumming during a prayer and worship session.

The Delta State Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Mustafa, confirmed the incident.

He said: “Yes, a Catholic church. There’s only one death; an 11-year-old boy. The other victims are in different hospitals now receiving treatment. I can’t confirm how many of them are injured now; they are scattered in different hospitals. There’s nobody still trapped under the rubble.”

An eyewitness, Miss Elohor Amerotoraine, said members were holding initial service rituals, awaiting the arrival of the officiating priest, when they started observing cracks.

She said: “I was inside the church when it happened. It was between 7:30am and 8am. We are under Orerokpe, so they posted a seminarian to us. The seminarian had not yet arrived when it happened. We had just finished reciting the rosary and were singing some hymns, when we suddenly started hearing the wall cracking and falling.

“At that point everybody started running out to escape the falling walls. Before long, the entire church had collapsed. It even killed someone; a boy of about 11 years of age. The five persons who were injured have been taken to the hospital.”

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