Nigeria collapse: 62 S.Africans identified

Lulu Mnguni says all DNA testing will be processed in the country over the next few days.

FILE: A policeman monitors the excavation of the collapsed guesthouse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in the Ikotun neighborhood of Lagos on 17 September, 2014. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Exactly three weeks after the building collapse in Lagos claimed the lives of 115 people, including 80 South Africans, the process to identify the remains has not yet been concluded.

Lulu Mnguni, South Africa's High Commissioner to Nigeria, says all DNA testing will be processed in the country over the next few days

The guesthouse, accommodating followers of 'Prophet' TB Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations, caved in on 12 September.

The collapse occurred when three extra storeys were being added to the existing two of a guesthouse in the church compound, where visitors from abroad flock to stay.

The Lagos Pentacostal Church attracts a global following of Christians who believe Joshua is able to perform miracles including curing the ill and raising the dead from the grave.

So far, 62 of the South Africans have been identified and more remains have been collected from the site

Mnguni says experts from South Africa will be doing all the DNA testing and report back to Nigeria.

"We always agreed that all the materials will be sent to South Africa for processing analysis in order to identify the bodies, who they are and which countries they're coming from."


Earlier this week, new dramatic video footage emerged from the controversial pastor's church in Nigeria, in which he responds to his critics.

Joshua has been criticised for the way he has responsed to the collapse.

A video has been uploaded to YouTube in which Joshua stops preaching to show his audience footage of a man falling from the church's upper level gallery.

It's being reported the man was desperate the catch the pastor's attention.

Joshua used the opportunity to slam those who have tried to discredit him since the building collapse.

"Nothing happens without the spirit of God, it will be captured somewhere. Can you see how it captures? How did they know that someone wanted to jump? What happened to the building, how it was captured, just like that. There's nothing you can do secretly here without being exposed."

Joshua maintains a plane flying close to the building before the collapse caused the tragedy.