News Update: How A Security Officer Sacrificed His Life To Save Akwa Ibom Governor

By Ikenga Chronicles December 11, 2016

Reports  on Sunday, December 11 have revealed how some of the aides to Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel perished in a collapsed church building yesterday, in Uyo.

Recall that no fewer than 100 people met their untimely death in the collapse of the new church building of Reigners Bible Church, Uyo, during a special service attended by Governor Udom Emmanuel.

It was gathered that as soon as the governor and his entourage arrived the church and took their seats, and while the praise and worship session was going on, the pillars of the building began to collapse. Some of them fell on the heads of the worshipers before the roof finally caved in on the people, killing many and injuring hundreds.

It was further gathered that the governor escaped death when one of his protocol officers identified simply as Ernest, shielded him with his body as a falling pillar arched towards them.

“But he paid the supreme price, because the pillar hit him and we learnt he died on the way to the hospital. He used to drive the vehicle that carries the governor’s executive seat to any event” a source said.

A member of the church, Godwin Inam disclosed that:  “I was there when the building collapsed. There were so many casualties. So many people died. Nobody bargained for this kind of misfortune today.

“The governor came in around 11 am. It wasn’t up to 30 minutes after he arrived the venue that the building collapsed. I would have gone there early; but the tailor that sewed my uniform delayed me. If I had gone there early and had taken a seat in the inner auditorium, I would have been a dead man now.”

Many of the victims of the incident who were rushed to St. Luke Hospital, Anua, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital and Lifecare Clinic, all in Uyo, either died on the way to the health facilities or as they were being admitted.

Meanwhile, the governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ekerete Udoh, expressed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families who lost their loved ones in the tragic incident that befell the state.

The statement read in part: “The Government of Akwa Ibom State has commiserated with the families of the victims of the collapsed building at Reigners Bible Church International along Uyo Village road.

“His Excellency, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel was present at the church service during the incident and thereafter personally supervised rescue operations and evacuation of the injured to the hospitals. The State Government will undertake the medical treatment of the victims.”

Earlier, while addressing newsmen, the governor lamented the ugly incident, stating that his government would conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.

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