Scores killed as church roof collapses in Nigeria


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Twenty-two people have been killed and 36 injured when the roof of a Catholic church in rural Nigeria collapsed during services.

Benue state spokesman Cletus Akwaya said today that the collapse happened on Saturday night at St Robert's Catholic Church in the village of Adamgbe.

Police and emergency services in Nigeria, already largely limited, had difficulty reaching the village.

Mr Akwaya said the collapse happened when worshippers at the Easter vigil rushed inside during a rainstorm.

Building collapses regularly occur in oil-rich Nigeria, as lax government oversight and shoddy workmanship often sees substandard cement used in projects.