IBADAN, NIGERIA (BNO NEWS) — Five workers were killed on Thursday morning when a church under construction collapsed in southwestern Nigeria, local media reported on Friday. Two other workers were seriously injured.
The accident happened at a building which is part of the New Covenant Church in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State in southwestern Nigeria. The Nigerian Tribune newspaper reported that the victims were waiting to collect their daily wages when the building collapsed, killing five of them and injuring two others.
Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who visited the scene, blamed the accident on the contractor who allegedly used inferior materials to save money. “If the contractor had not compromised quality, this incident would not have happened,” he told the newspaper, adding that his repeated warnings to ensure quality were ignored.
During the Easter weekend in April, 22 people were killed and 30 others were injured when a Catholic church in rural Nigeria collapsed ahead of an evening mass to celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ. Panic broke out when strong winds and heavy rains hit the area, prompting people to flee inside the hall of the church to seek shelter. A strong wind gust caused the roof of the building to collapse shortly after.