Sunday service ended in sorrow for worshipers at St. Paul's Catholic Church Ugolo, Adagbrasa in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.

The church building literally collapsed. 

They had gathered as usual for service under the building that is officially over a hundred years old.

One person died while 11 others sustained various injuries.

The incident has been described as unfortunate, sad and a regrettable experience by the Governor of the State, Ifeanyi Okowa. 

In a statement by his spokesman, Mr Charles Aniagwu, the Governor promised to pay the hospital bills of all the victims of the collapsed building.

He commiserated with the Orhue I, Major General Felix Mujakperuo and the entire Ugolo community in Okpe Kingdom.

“This is indeed a very sad and unfortunate incident.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I commiserate with the family of the deceased and those injured.

“It is our prayer that the soul of the deceased will rest in peace, and that the injured will experience quick recovery.

“Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with the people of Ugolo in Okpe Kingdom over this,” Okowa said.

The state Commissioner for Works, Mr James Augoye, had earlier visited the site where he said the church was a 100-year old building.

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Augoye said that as at the time of his visit, seven of them had been treated and discharged while four others were still receiving treatment.

According to Augoye, the 100-year-old church building collapsed in an attempt to rebuild and expand the old structure.

He further said that the building collapsed due to the weight of worshippers who leaned against the heavily soaked walls while the early morning mass was on.

“While we pledge to pay the cost of treatment for the injured, people must ensure they seek necessary approvals before construction of buildings particularly public structures to avoid incidences such as this,” the commissioner said. 

Condolence messages had also come in from former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

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