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Nigeria Uyo church building collapse – 160 dead

Metal girders and the roof of a crowded church have collapsed onto worshippers in Nigeria, killing more tham 160 churchgoars.

The Reigners Bible Church International was still under construction and workers had been rushing to finish it in time for Saturday's ceremony to ordain founder Akan Weeks as a bishop.

Hundreds of people, including Akwa Ibom state Governor Udom Emmanuel, were inside when metal girders crashed onto worshippers and the corrugated iron roof caved in.

Both governor Emmanuel and Bishop Weeks escaped unhurt. Screaming survivors were streaming out and there were cries from injured victims.

"There were trapped bodies, parts of bodies, blood all over the place and people's handbags and shoes scattered.