Ikoyi Building: RCCG Pastor, 22 Artisans Stuck in Rubble

                (Image: Punch Newspapers)

A pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ola Ogunfuwa and 22 of his workers are among the victims of the 21-storey5 building that collapsed on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, on Monday. Ogunfuwa was said to be working on the project as a contractor and he has not been seen since the incident occurred. Also, he has not been identified as one of the persons brought out from the collapsed.

Ogunfuwa is said to be the Resident Pastor of the Living Water Parish in Ibafo, Ogun State. Another pastor of the church who is also a friend of Ogunfuwa, Omotosho Shola Emmanuel, confirmed the news to Punch Newspapers. He added that Ogunfuwa, who is also an engineer, went to the site with 22 other artisans who include welders and bricklayers from Ibafo who went to work in the building.

In his words, “I am here this morning because one of my pastor friends is working here, he is an engineer. He came with about 22 people all the way from Ibafo (Ogun State) to work here; labourers, bricklayers, welders, about 22 different guys that came together with him to work on the project.

“Till now, out of those that have been rescued, we’ve not seen any of those 22 and he himself is still there because we learnt that yesterday (Monday), at break time, he came out to eat but as he was about washing his hands to eat, he was summoned by one of his bosses and he went back inside but about five to 10 minutes later, the building collapsed and he was trapped.

“He is still there now and we pray that God will have his way upon those still there. As a church, we prayed all through yesterday night and we’re still believing that there is nothing God cannot do because we know that people are still many there, they said they are over 50.

“The ones they’ve rescued are not up to 10, definitely we are still expecting more people to be rescued,” Omotosho added.

The rescue operation has led to the recovery of over 20 bodies. More effort are being made to ensure that more bodies are brought out from the collapsed building.

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