Nigeria church collapse: Identification of bodies begins

At least 84 South Africans died in the collapse on the property of ‘prophet’ TB Joshua’s church.

The site of the building collapse in Lagos, Nigeria. Picture: AFP.

NIGERIA - The Lagos State Government on Friday started the identification of bodies recovered from the site of a deadly building collapse.

The incident, which killed a total of 115 people, took place inside the premises of televangelist TB Joshua's Synagogue of All Nations church in Nigeria's port city of Lagos.

At least 84 South Africans were among those who died in the collapse.

Family members who believe relatives could still be trapped in the collapsed building have been asked to submit DNA samples to help with the forensic identification of the recovered bodies.

Lagos State Commissioner for Health Jide Idris said family members, especially parents, should visit the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.

The commissioner noted those eligible to give samples for the forensic identification and DNA analysis in order of preference included parents, children and siblings of the deceased.