Some speculate that at least 100 people were killed when a church in southeastern Nigeria collapsed onSunday.
“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. “Eye witnesses also said yesterday corpses were packed in four each bag.”
Although Nigerian police say only 27 people were killed, Gary Ubong, a resident, said 100 people were dead.
“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.”
Even more people have given conflicting death toll numbers.
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.”