Church Building Collapse leaves 5 women dead in Ondo


No fewer than five women, including a pregnant lady have been confirmed dead after a church structure situated at Ija-Ugbo, Arogbo Ijaw town, in the Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State collapsed on Tuesday.
The building, belonging to a Cherubim and Seraphim Church had been undergoing renovation when it went down.
According to a witness, the women had gone to the construction site to fetch disused planks when the incident occurred.
He said the tragedy threw the community into mourning.
The witness said:
“This is the first time that such a thing will happen in this community. It was caused by the inferior materials used for the renovation of the church. This is so sad as the women were not even members of the church, they just went there to fetch firewood”
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr.  Femi Joseph identified the victims as Morenike Bubuma, Margret Goloba, Mayama Goloba, Kowei Aboa and Dali Gunuboh, who was pregnant.
Joseph disclosed the deceased were killed while struggling for wood at the Church site.
He said:
“A renovation was going on in one of the churches in the area. The owners were trying to build a bigger church. While trying to demolish the old one, the building collapsed just as people were struggling for disused wood.
“Five people were killed on the spot, while four others were seriously injured and rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention.”
He said the command had begun investigation into the incident, while the corpses of the victims had been deposited in a morgue.
The Caretaker Chairman of the Ese Odo council area, Mr. Bekewe Olowu, also confirmed the incident, saying it was “shocking and devastating.”


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