A woman has miraculously survived the collapse of a building at the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos, as she walked away only slightly injured after being pulled from the rubble.
The death toll from the collapse which happened four days ago rose to 60 by Tuesday afternoon.
“We rescued a woman, alive, around 2am this morning,” spokesman Ibrahim Farinloye of the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency said on Tuesday.
“We found her under the rubble. She walked away with only a little dislocation on her hand. She is very, very lucky.”
He said she appeared middle-aged and was black, but he did not ask her nationality. It is not unusual to find people from different countries at SCOAN, the ministry of popular prophet, T.B. Joshua.
South Africa’s government said its diplomats are at the scene since at least five South African church tour groups were there at the time.
Joshua has tried to implicate Islamic extremists in the building collapse, publishing a video purporting to show a mysterious aircraft flying low over the building four times before the disaster.
Farinloye, however, said the building appears to have collapsed because of poor construction work, noting that workers were trying to build two additional floors onto an existing four-story structure without reinforcing the foundations.
131 survivors have now been rescued at the site of the collapse.