Several feared dead as building collapses in Nigeria

Lagos, Dec 11 (IANS) Several people are feared dead and others injured after a church building collapsed in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State in southern Nigeria, local authority said on Saturday.

A police source told Xinhua that rescue workers are battling to evacuate victims in a church building which collapsed while service was in session.

Some senior government officials are suspected to be among the victims.

State governor Udom Emmanuel, who was attending the service at the Reighers Bible Church narrowly escaped death, a close aide was quoted as saying.

The casualty figure has yet to be known.