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Synagogue: 17 South Africans still missing

As rescue work at the scene of last Friday's collapsed building used

as guest house by the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, was

concluded last Thursday, but the South African government said 17 of

its nationals were still unaccounted for.

This is just as SCOAN has remained silent on the identities and number

of persons who lodged in the building, but insisted that the attack

was targeted at its Senior Pastor, Prophet Temitope Joshua.

Thus, the official number of lives that perished in the five storey

building which collapsed at 12.44pm, is 80, while the survivors were

131, according to the National Emergency Management Authority.

This is just as SCOAN finally released an official statement

yesterday, maintaining that the tragedy occurred shortly after a plane

which flew very low, hovered round the building.

Indication also emerged that some of the survivors have been

discharged from the hospitals and have returned to their respective

abodes.

It was learnt that DNA tests would first be conducted on some of the

decomposed bodies with a view to ascertaining their true identities.

Vanguardreliably gathered that there are plans to fly the remains of

foreign victims to their respective countries. As at yesterday,

arrangements on how this would be done was reportedly going on between

authorities of the countries concerned and SCOAN.

Among the countries is South Africa.

South Africa's High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, was quoted

byAFPas saying that 17 of his compatriots were unaccounted for and

that the church had set up a hotline in Johannesburg for concerned

relatives.

Credit: Vanguard

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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