Uyo church collapse: Detained architect’s lawyer cries out

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Ekanem Ekanem, lawyer to Mr. Anietie Augustine, the architect in police detention over the collapse of Reigners Bible Church, Uyo, Akwa Ibom Sstate, where Gov. Emmanuel Udom escaped death but over a hundred worshippers died has called for his client’s release.

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Ekanem made this call when he appeared before the commission of enquiry into the collapse of the church building.

He said, “He merely volunteered to carry out the design, which was already made by people that he has named. Somebody designed the roof, somebody else designed the structure. So, he merely went to supervise what was already planned, drawn and designed.

“I met him on two occasions while in detention. He gave me what I’m just telling you now. I asked him about his roles. He said nothing, that he merely volunteered – as he worshipped in that church – to check the project. He told me that he only joined the workforce as a member and worshippers of the church.

“Why do we now leave the people who designed the building and mapped out everything and concentrate on the people that merely assisted? It is like leaving the substance to chase the shadow.”

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