The Akwa Ibom State Police Command on Monday said it cannot release the names of those killed in Saturday’s building collapse at the Reigners Bible Church International, Uyo, until it completes the profiling of dead victims.
Speaking on behalf of the command, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Cordelia Nwawe, said the names of the dead victims would be released to members of the public and the family members as soon as the police concludes the profiling of the corpses.
Nwawe also said the death toll had risen to 29.
The PPRO said, “It was 27 dead persons yesterday (Sunday). It is now 29.”
“We are still doing profiling of the dead victims. We cannot release the names now. We need to critically identify them so that we can release them to their families.”
When asked if any arrest had been made following Governor Udom Emmanuel’s order that police should arrest the project contractors, Nwawe said the command is yet to arrest anybody.
“We will do that when the need arises,” she added.
When contacted, the Chief Medical Director, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, UUTH, Prof. Etete Peters, said names of the dead victims would be released as soon as the police completes its profiling of the dead persons.