The church collapsed killing about 200 people, the Governor barely escaped.
The roof supplier and Managing Director White steel Integrated service, Mr Idorenyin White and the site Engineer / supervisor Mr Anieti Augustine are accusing each other over the collapse of Reigners Bible Church Int’l Inc building on December 10 2016.
White who handled the iron roofing of the church building, exonerated himself of blame, adding that the site engineer / supervisor ignored the advice he gave when he noticed some defects on the building.
White said on tuesday that a day before the week of consecration of Apostle to Bishop, he (White) told the construction committee members from the church that the scaffold that was inside the church should not be removed, but nobody listened to me, as the church has senior engineers,” he said he blamed the cause of the collapsed church building on civil work and not from the roofing that he supplied to the church for the construction.
According to him, the roof was heavier than the construction, which was 50 percent done at the time.
Augustine reacting to the allegation, said that the problem was not the structure but the roof, noting that he did not in any way direct that the scaffold be pulled out of the suspending roof.
He said it is not the wall that has defect, even as the roof fell, the wall was still there. It is the roof that caused the problem. I was not the one that approved for the roof. It was another engineer that brought a team of engineers to examine the entire work, the design and the kind of roof that will suit the building.
I don’t know whether the roof construct was designed according to specification because I was not the one that approved of it.
The Akwa Ibom state Governor, Udom Emmanuel has ordered the immediate arrest of the contractor and engineers that constructed the Reigner Bible Church International Inc Uyo, which collapsed on saturday killing scores of people.
The council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) has advised the engineers involved in the construction of the Uyo Reigners Bible Church building to report immediately or face sanctions.
Kashim Ali the president of the council, gave the advice at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.
While consoling the families of victims, Mr Ali said a panel of inquiry had been set up to investigate the reason for the collapse.
We are appealing to the engineer involved in the construction of the Uyo Reigners Bible Church to report. Failure is not unusual. This is because structures can fail even anywhere in the world.
Failure is also a way of learning but the failure must come in a structured way so that it does not kill people.
Mr Ali said that investigation revealed that the building was located on slope at a sharp corner of Uyo village road, portrayed danger.
The police after initial investigation declared the Engineer of the collapsed Reigners Church wanted for faulty engineering work and lacking Building permit.
We update as news come in.