An eleven-year-old boy, Jerry Enukanerhirhe, has been reported dead while many worshipers are said to have sustained injuries after St. Paul Catholic Church in Ugolo, Delta State, collapsed during morning mass on Sunday.
The deceased is the son of former minority leader of Okpe LG, Jackson Enukanerhire.
Delta police spokesperson, Aniamaka Andrew, said “We are aware of the collapse of the Catholic church in Ogbe local government of the state.
“An 11-year-old boy named Jerry died as a result of the accident. Four persons have been hospitalised. The police is doing all we can to help the victims.”
Chief Press Secretary to Delta State Government, Charles Aniagwu, also confirmed the incident in a statement released on behalf of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
He described the church collapse as “very sad and unfortunate”.
He said in his statement, “On behalf of the Government and people of Delta State, I commiserate with the family of the deceased and those injured, the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Chairman of Okpe Local Government Council, Chief Julius Scott, the Orodje of Okpe, HRM, Orhue 1, Major Gen. Felix Mujakperuo (retd) and the entire Ugolo community in Okpe Kingdom over the unfortunate incidence.
“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 tragedy.”