160 dead after church roof collapses in Nigeria

21687200-mmmain

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) _ Witnesses and an official say the roof of a church has collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria, killing at least 160 people.

Congregants say the Reigners Bible Church in Uyo city was still under construction when it was used for a ceremony to ordain a bishop Saturday.

They say hundreds of people were inside when metal girders crashed and the corrugated iron roof caved in.

Officials say the death toll could mount as a crane removes debris.

The state government says it will investigate if anyone compromised building standards.

In 2014, 116 people died when a multi-story building of the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed in Lagos.