Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom escaped death as he was billed to attend the event, but arrived late.
According to Premium Times, the worship centre, Reigners Bible Church was consecrating its pastor as a Bishop, at the time tragedy struck.
The auditorium was said to be full to capacity
The state Governor, Emmanuel Udom escaped death as he was billed to attend the event, but he was not at the church it collapsed.
An eyewitness said many people are still stuck under the debris.
"Many people are buried under the debris as emergency workers continue rescue exercise," he told the newspaper.
"The governor has gone to the scene and is presently there helping with the rescue," the witness said.
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Most of the victims have been taken to various hospitals and mortuaries in the town, sources say.