“It’s a very popular church with South Africans,” Maharaj said, adding that the regular influx of visitors from abroad for the church’s services, which can last up to a week, creates demand for accommodation that the church’s own guest house has been unable to meet, and often spills over into local hotels.
Ibirogba said: “The government will make her position known once all of these possibilities have been examined. Now, we are not pre-empting anything to make statement in haste. As you know, rescue efforts are still ongoing and still inconclusive. It is all part of the process we are considering,” he said.
Ayinde stressed that no plans were in the offing to take over the collapsed structure site until thorough and
detailed investigation as to the cause(s) of the collapse has been concluded. He stressed that Government does not arbitrarily take over properties when investigation is still on going.
He noted that government is conducting a preliminary investigation into the cause(s) of the collapse and would leave no stone unturned and if there is any violation of relevant planning law, residents are assured that government would take appropriate action.
minutes before the collapse, the Ministry had submitted the video clips, as provided by the Church to the
Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) with the coordinate of the collapsed site for investigation and professional comment.
He said the government and indeed the Ministry was particularly saddened that innocent lives were lost.
Zuma’s tally however, conflicted with that of the NEMA.
There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy. Pretoria described the search and rescue operation as “very fluid” but defended the credibility of its count of 67 dead, saying it was based on records and information on the ground from five tour groups that had arranged for South African worshippers to go to Lagos.
“This number is based on credible information,” foreign ministry spokesman Clayson Monyela said.
Late on Tuesday Zuma told the SABC national broadcaster that an unknown number of South Africans were “not yet accounted for” and that the nation needed to “grieve together.”