At least 40 killed in Nigeria church building collapse: rescuers

A handout photo taken and released by Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Sept 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 Th
A handout photo taken and released by Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Sept 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. Forty people have now died as a result of a building collapse at the megachurch of one of Nigeria's most famous preachers and televangelists, the country's main rescue body said on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP

LAGOS (AFP) - Forty people have now died as a result of a building collapse at the megachurch of one of Nigeria's most famous preachers and televangelists, the country's main rescue body said on Sunday.

"It's now 40 dead," Ibrahim Farinloye, southwest coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (Nema), told AFP by text message.

Some 124 people were rescued alive from the rubble of the building, believed to be a guesthouse for foreign followers of TB Joshua's The Synagogue Church of All Nations, in the Ikotun area of Lagos.