22 Worshippers Die In Easter Vigil Mass In Benue

Photo of the collapsed church

A total of 22 worshippers died on Saturday during an Easter vigil mass when their Church collapsed on them.
An eye witness on Sunday in Makurdi said that the incident happened at an outpost of the Christ the King Parish Church Adamgbe, Vandeikya Local Government Area of Benue.
The witness added that the Church collapsed following a heavy rainstorm.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Alaribe Ejike, said that
the worshippers died when the Church collapsed on them.
He dismissed speculations that the incidence was caused by an attack as reported by some foreign
media agencies.
Ejike assured the people of the state of the readiness of the police to protect the lives and
property of citizens.
Efforts to get reactions from the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi failed as both the Director of Media Affairs and the Secretary of the Bishop did not pick phone calls made by correspondents.
But a security officer at the Bishop’s residence, Mr Aondover Nyamor, said he was aware of the incidence.
Nyamor, who expressed regret over the disaster, added that it had caused pains to families of the dead members of the Church.



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