Uyo Building Collapse: Founder Opens Up; Says some victims who died had been buried

UYO-The embattled Apostle Akan Weeks of the
collapsed Reigners’ Bible Church in Akwa Ibom
has opened up on the incident of his Church
saying that, some of the victims who died
during the tragedy had been buried.Apostle Weeks, who was testifying on Tuesday,
during the second day of cross examination as
principal witness at the ongoing investigation
by the Commission of Inquiry said, though he
could not ascertain the death figures noted, ‘’I
am aware that some of the victims had been
buried’’.
This was contrary to the death figure earlier
given by the state government which put the
number at 28 and that, bodies of the victims
kept at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital
(UUTH) mortuary would be released to the
bereaved families after investigation and the
sitting of the commission of inquiry is
concluded.
According to Apostle Akan Weeks, ‘’after the
incident, I personally visited some of the
bereaved families with members of my Church
to pray for them and, we gave the affected
families monies for their coffins to be bought.”
‘‘I also visited injured in the hospitals to pray
and give them money. What happened on
December 10, 2016 was a sad event. I expected
people to sympathize with me. My heart goes
to the deceased and those injured.”
‘‘My intention was not to build a house and
bring people to die. I look at it as an accident’’.
On how him and others escaped during the
collapse, he said, ‘‘it was an act of God and I
jumped through the window’’.
He said, his wife told him that, he was
unconscious for six hours but was later revived
by the paramedics.
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