A church building belonging to the Reigners Bible Church International, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State collapsed today, killing scores and killing many more.

The church was holding a special event to mark the ordination of it’s resident pastor, Akan Weeks, when tragedy struck. The church, located along Uyo Village Road, was reportedly filled when the incident happened, as people had trooped out en masse for the event.

“Pastor Akan Week was being consecrated today so the programme was holding inside the Church when suddenly, the whole building collapsed,” Premium Times quotes a witness saying.

Akwa-Ibom state governor Udom Emmanuel and some of the state’s commissioners were on their way to the event when it happened. Rescue operations were well underway when the governor arrived, and he joined in helping to rescue the victims.

A number of government bodies, including the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Army,  Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, and the Federal Roads Safety Corps were all on hand to assist with the crisis.