by Godwin Akanfe
As the saga at the Synagogue Church of All Nations continues over the collapsed six-storey building, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said that it will deploy sniffer dogs to the site of the incident.
Ibrahim Farinloye, NEMA’s South-West public relations officer (PRO), said; “We are deploying Nigeria police sniffer dogs to assist in locating trapped victims as we are getting close to an area suspected to have more people trapped.
“The state commissioner of police has ordered release of five dogs after a collective decision to use the dogs by responding agencies and NEMA asked the police disaster management unit to facilitate to manage the dogs immediately.
“The dogs will assist in search and rescue and help in early conclusion of the operations,” Farinloye said.
Farinloye revealed that the death toll at the site had increased to 46 from 44, as two more dead bodies were recovered from under the rubble of the collapsed building.
The spokesperson also said that about 130 injured worshippers were currently receiving treatment at Isolo General Hospital, while the dead bodies have been deposited at Gbagada General Hospital Mortuary.
Emergency responders are continuing their rescue operations at the site of the collapse, as well as, policemen, State Security Service, firemen, NEMA and Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) officials.
On Friday, an uncompleted guest house of the church, housing worshippers, collapsed leading to the deaths of some worshippers and leaving many others wounded.