Nigeria church collapse: 74 bodies coming home


At first, government communications said that 26 South African survivors of a church collapse in Lagos, Nigeria were on board the chartered flight to Swartkop Air Force Base. On landing however only 25 survivors were on board the flight.

LAGOS - Minister in the presidency Jeff Radebe says the remains of only 74 of the 85 victims of the Lagos building collapse will be brought back home.

Briefing the media in the Nigerian capital, Radebe said 80 South African specialists are still busy trying to identify the bodies of the other victims.

The health professionals and police officials arrived there on Friday night and were deployed to three hospitals to oversee the repatriation process.

The medical team has urged families not to view the bodies.

A religious service will be held at Waterkloof at 2pm on Sunday.