A South African political party, Inkatha Freedom Party, IFP has asked that the remains of the 85 South Africans, who died after a six-storey building collapsed at the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, Ikotun, Lagos State, Nigeria.
This was contained in a statement signed and Issued on Friday by its Secretary General, Sibonigile Nkomo, the party is wondering why the delay in releasing the remains of the victims to their families.
Part of the statement reads “Families were not only torn apart by this tragedy but now have to endure the added anguish of not yet being able to lay their loved ones to rest.”
Meanwhile, Phumla Williams, spokeswoman for the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Nigeria, said it was believed of the 85 killed, 81 were South Africans; three were from Zimbabwe, and one from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
It was believed the Zimbabweans and Congolese had gone to Nigeria on South African travel documentation.
“We can only confirm the exact number once the verification process is confirmed and the Nigerian authorities are currently busy with that process,” Williams said.