Zaria Mosque Collapse: 10 dead, many injured

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Ten people have been confirmed dead while seven were injured when a Mosque collapsed in Zaria, Kaduna State yesterday.

The Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Nuhu Bamali, has expressed shock over the incident and prayed for the repose of the souls of the dead.

The incident occurred at about 4 pm when Muslim worshipers were observing their evening prayer.

Eyewitnesses said they were in the second Sujud Prayer when, suddenly, the affected portion of the mosque collapsed on those sitting directly at the section.

According to reports, the victims were covered by the debris from the mud (some parts of the wall were built with mud) which had been in existence for the past 150 years.

The Emir in an audio interview granted in the Hausa language, said they had earlier observed a crack on the wall of the mosque on Thursday.

According to him, they were making arrangements for the repair before Friday’s incident.

He, however, directed all worshipers to pray outside the mosque pending when the repair work is carried out.

In his reaction, the Chief Press Secretary to the Kaduna State Governor, Mohammed Shehu, said Governor Ubah Sani is shocked by the development.

He, also conveyed the governor’s condolence to the victims and their families, saying a delegation has been sent to the affected.

The victims were later buried according to Islamic rites.

The incident is the latest in building collapse across the country. While experts have repeatedly blamed them on poor building materials and unprofessionalism among others, the cause of the most recent incident is yet to be known.

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