UYO, Nigeria, Dec 11 (Reuters) – A Church in Nigeria, in the southeastern region has collapsed. Officials say the death toll is at least 27 people. CNN has reported 50 people have died, whereas NBC has reported  more than 150 have died. However, local residents and photojournalists say at least 100 people have tragically lost their lives.t

“At Uyo teaching hospital where I am now I could see over a hundred corpses, many are heaped on top off each other on the floor,” said photojournalist Ini Samuel.

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Gary Ubong, a resident, said the church’s roof had collapsed on worshippers while a pastor was being consecrated as bishop in the presence of government officials.

“I saw more than 100 dead bodies brought out on loaders,” said Ubong, who said he had rushed to the scene after the accident. “I also went to two hospitals and saw heaps of dead bodies difficult to count.”

State police spokeswoman Cordelia Nwawe said 27 had been killed and 30 injured when the Reigners Bible church in Akwa Ibom state capital Uyo collapsed during a service on Saturday.

Etete Peters, Chief Medical Director of the University of Uyo teaching hospital, said 21 bodies had been delivered to his clinic and two of the injured admitted for treatment had died.

“Victims are in private hospitals and mortuaries scattered all over Uyo metropolis. We can’t really tell how many people have died so far,” he said. “We do not have space as people are still being brought in.”

State police commissioner Murtala Mani “debunked speculations that as many as 60 or 120 worshipers died in the incident,” state news agency NAN said. The state emergency agency NEMA said in a statement that six people had been killed and 115 injured.

State governor Udom Emmanuel, who escaped unhurt from the church service, ordered the arrest of the building contractor, state news agency NAN said.

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