One Pastor Ola Ogunfuwa of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and 22 others said to be working with him are among those stuck in the rubble of the 21-storey building which collapsed in the Ikoyi area of Lagos on Monday, November 1, 2021.
According to Ogunfuwa’s friend, Emmanuel Omotosho, who is also a pastor in the church, Ogunfuwa was working as a contractor on the building before it collapsed.
He said Ogunfuwa is in charge of the Living Water Parish in Ibafo, Ogun State and that he came with 22 other artisans, comprising bricklayers and welders, from Ibafo to work in the building.
“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,” Omotosho said.
He said the pastor, who is in charge of the Living Water Parish in Ibafo, Ogun State, was working as a contractor on the project.
Emmanuel noted that he has not been heard from or been identified among those rescued or brought out lifeless.
“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.”
As of Tuesday night, 20 persons have been confirmed dead while nine have been pulled out alive from the rubble.