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Nigeria collapse: Fingerprint data of deceased sent home

The forensic team working on the building collapse has sent home fingerprint data of all those who died.

The plane carrying 26 South Africans, including three children, who were injured in the Lagos building collapse more than week ago has landed at the Swartkop Air Force Base in Pretoria on 22 September 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, says the forensic team working on the deadly building collapse has sent home fingerprint data of all those who died, as part of the identification process.

The building collapse, which claimed the lives 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 earlier this month.

At least 84 South Africans were among those who died.

The fingerprint data will now be used to match with the profiles of the missing South Africans.

Mnguni says an official investigation is underway.

"From there they will make conclusions as to the identities of those who are South Africans and those who are not. Our people are anxiously waiting."

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.