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Members of the Synagogue Church of all Nations in Lagos have now been accused of preventing emergency workers immediate access to the site of the collapsed Nigerian building in which 67 South Africans were killed.

The collapse occurred on Friday when three extra stories were being added to the existing two of a guest house of the church compound.

Led by the charismatic “Prophet” TB Joshua, the Pentecostal church attracts a global following of Christians who believe Joshua is able to perform miracles including curing the ill and raising the dead from the grave.

President Jacob Zuma has described the collapse as a “heart-breaking tragedy”.

Reports have now emerged that emergency workers and journalists were not allowed anywhere near the scene when they arrived.

A television crew’s camera was smashed by members of the church and emergency officials weren't given access to the building until much later.

If the emergency officials were given access earlier, the death toll wouldn't have been this high.

Meanwhile, dozens of families are anxiously waiting for news on their loved ones.

Survivors of the building collapse and other South Africans, who were nearby at the time, have been arriving at OR Tambo International Airport.

Family members of those who have died or are still missing are now grappling with unanswered questions, confusion and frustration.

The regular influx of visitors from abroad for the church's services, which can last up to a week, creates demand for accommodation that the church's own guest house has been unable to meet, and often spills over into local hotels.


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