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3 Oct 2014
5:30 pm

Post mortems on Nigeria building collapse completed

Post mortems on all 116 people killed in the collapse of a guest house at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos have been completed, government said on Friday.

FILE PICTURE: A handout photo taken and released by Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on September 12, 2014 shows emergency workers transporting an injured man on a stretcher after he was pulled out from the rubble of the collapsed guest house of The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) at the Ikotu headquarters of the church in Lagos. Picture: AFP / NEMA

This brought it closer to finalising the process of bringing the remains of the 80 South Africans home, the inter-ministerial task team on the Nigerian tragedy’s spokeswoman Phumla Williams said in a statement.

“While we are not sure about how much longer it will take to bring deceased South Africans home, we are encouraged with the completion of post mortems, which bring us closer to finalising the process.”

Nigerian authorities had finished collecting DNA samples and were finalising administrative processes to have them taken to a forensic laboratory for comparison.

The fingerprint verification process was still underway, she said.

South African ambassador to Nigeria, Sam Monaisa, met Nigerian officials on Thursday to discuss the repatriation of the bodies.