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Families yet to receive bodies of Uyo church collapse victims in Nigeria

The Akwa Ibom state government has also denied that it’s carried out a mass burial for the victims.

More than 100 people were killed by the collapse of a church in southeastern Nigeria, a resident and photojournalist who visited a morgue said on 11 December 2016. Picture: Facebook.

ABUJA – Ten days after the deadly collapse of the Reigners Bible Church building in Uyo, it’s emerged that many families have not yet received the bodies of their loved ones.

The Akwa Ibom state government has also denied that it’s carried out a mass burial for the victims.

More than 100 people were killed in the tragedy.

Speculations about the mass burial of victims became widespread after it appeared that families where not getting the corpses of their family members for burial.

There were cases where families almost attacked some medical personnel in the different hospitals.

Anikeme Uwah is the chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association in Akwa Ibom state and says the patients are recovering well.

“Most of the patients are recovering and we’re quite satisfied with the rate of their recovery. Some of them had their internal organs raptured.”

The police is insisting that the state government would not release their corpses until the conclusion of investigations by security agencies on the incident, adding that the decision of government was in line with standard practice.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)