Church tragedy: A’Ibom panel seeks memoranda from public


The Reigners Bible Church International Incorporation, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, after it collapsed… on Saturday. Photos: Etim Ekpimah

Etim Ekpimah, Uyo

The Commission of Inquiry into the collapse of the Reigners’ Bible Church building in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has called for memoranda from members of the public to enable it to discharge its mandate.

The commission was set up by the state Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, on December 15, 2016 to find out what led to the collapse of the church building during the ordination of the church founder, Apostle Akan Weeks, as a bishop.

The Chairman of the Commission, Justice Umoekoyo Essang (retd), who called for the memoranda during the inaugural sitting of the panel at the judicial headquarters, Uyo on Wednesday, said the commission would rely on the evidence (oral or documentary) by reputable associations and individuals.

Essang said the associations, which opinions were desired, included engineers, architects, builders, surveyors and soil scientists.

He added that individuals were also encouraged to offer oral evidence with or without memorandum.

The state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Uwemedimo Nwoko, in a message at the sitting, urged members of the commission not to leave any stone unturned in carrying out their duties.

The commission adjourned sitting till January 3, 2017 while deadline for submission of memoranda to the commission is January 4, 2017 at the state ministry of justice or directly to the commission.

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