Akwa Ibom State governor Udom Emmanuel was present at the Reigners Bible Church International service when the church building collapsed, Concise News reliably gathers. The governor, however escaped unhurt as casualty figures has risen to 60.
The governor was the special guest of honour at the elevation and consecration service of the founder of the church, Apostle Akan Weeks, to the rank of bishop.
The Akwa Ibom Government has commiserated with the families of the victims of the collapsed Reigners Bible Church International building in Uyo on Saturday.
In a statement, the Chief Press Secretary, Mr Ekerete Udoh, said the state government would constitute a panel of inquiry into the cause of the accident.
He said the inquiry was necessary to forestall a re-occurrence of such incident and to bring to book persons found to have compromised professional standards in building construction.
Udoh said the governor was touched by the unfortunate incident and personally supervised the rescue operations and evacuation of the injured to the hospital.
He said the state government would foot the bill for the medical treatment of all the victims of the collapsed church building.
Udoh appealed to citizens of the state to remain calm, pray for those injured and avoid undue speculations as the situation was being given the best possible attention.
Witnesses said some 60 people were victims of the accident but the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Cordelia Nwawe, said the profiling of victims was still ongoing.