Three worshippers die in Synagogue church stampede in Lagos
No fewer than three worshippers at the Synagogue Church of all Nations, Ikotun, Lagos State, have been confirmed dead after a stampede on the church’s premises, around 4.30am, on Saturday, reports Punchng.
The victims were said to be part of a crowd that struggled to see the church’s General Overseer, Prophet Temitope Joshua, during a special healing service. Their corpses were said to have been deposited in a morgue in the state.
While two of the victims were identified as Emeka Okonkwo and Emmanuel Oherin, through their phones, the third victim had yet to be identified due to the lack of any means of identification.
A police source said the corpses were taken in an ambulance, adding that the Ikotun Divisional Crime Officer and the Area Commander, Area M, accompanied them to the mortuary.
However, when Punchng contacted the church, an official with a foreign accent, denied the incident. She said, “Nothing happened on the church premises yesterday. Nobody died. Nobody. Thank you.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, however, confirmed the incident, adding that investigations were ongoing. She said, “The story is true. Investigation is ongoing as we await the result of the autopsy. For now, we are treating the case as sudden and unnatural deaths.”