A survivor of the collapsed guest house of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Ikotun, Lagos, has stated that everything happened so fast after he saw a crack on the wall of the guest house.
Temitayo Taiwo told a television station in Lagos that after the sharp crack on the wall, he wanted to look closely at it, as it was an abnormal crack. But suddenly the ground he was standing caved in.
He said that on that fateful day, they were about to serve lunch and the visitors needed plastic cups to take water from the water dispensers so that they can take their food and he was distributing the cups. He added he had already put some cups on the water dispensers in different points and had just finished with the fourth one,
“My spirit told me this wasn’t normal and I shouted Jesus and the next thing, everything blacked out. When I woke up, I saw everywhere was dark. There was no breathing space whatsoever, there was no light,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Director of Search and Rescue National Emergency Management Agency, Air Commodore Charles Otegbade, said that the agency had cross-checked the death toll figures with other agencies and had arrived at 86 as its final number of deaths recorded in the building collapse.
He said that “majority of the people were most likely to be South Africans”, who were usually housed in the collapsed building.
“There is need for us to carry out forensic investigation to be able to determine who and who are the victims,” he added.