11-Year-Old Drummer Boy in Nigeria Dies After Church Building Collapses During Sunday Morning Mass

The remains of St. Paul Catholic Church in Adagbrasa, Nigeria lay after the church collapsed during Sunday service on Sept. 2, 2018.
(SCREENSHOT: YOUTUBE.COM / JOHN-LARRY OJUKOKO)

A Nigerian church service turned deadly this past Sunday after a church building in the Delta State collapsed on the congregation’s faithful during morning mass.

An 11-year-old drummer was killed and at least 11 others were injured and taken to a local hospital after St. Paul Catholic Church in Adagbrasa began to implode around 7 a.m.

According to The Guardian, the child drummer, Jeffery (Jerry) Enukanehire, died as a result of sections of the church building’s wall falling on top of him during a worship and prayer session.

The boy’s father, Jefferson Enukanehire, told the news outlet that the church had just finished the morning prayer when the wall collapsed on his son.

“We had gone for service in company of my wife and five children, when the unfortunate incident occurred,” Jefferson Enukanehire was quoted as saying. “The wall on the left side of the building collapsed and subsequently pulled the other sections of the building down on the worshippers. My son had succeeded in freeing himself from the initial wall that fell on him, when another section of the building fell and crushed him to death.”

As for the others who were injured, The Pulse reports that at least seven have been discharged from a local hospital and four others were hospitalized in stable condition.

Commissioner for Works James Augoye explained in a preliminary report that the church building was over 100 years old.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith