Three people were killed when a Lagos guest house being built at a compound belonging to Prophet T.B. Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed, rescue officials said on Saturday.
Rescued officials say the death toll from the building which collapsed on Friday could be higher.
“We recovered three bodies …. there are more we fear were trapped,” Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesman in Lagos for Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), told Reuters.
Members of the church prevented emergency services officials from participating in the rescue work, so it had been impossible so far to establish an accurate final number of the dead and injured, he added.
Farinloye said the lower floors of the building located in the church compound had already been operating as a guest house. “They were trying to add an additional three floors,” he said.
There has been no comment on the incident from the Synagogue Church of All Nations.