Scores of worshippers are feared dead while dozen others sustained injuries as the Zaria Central Mosque in Kaduna state collapsed on Friday.
Confirming the incident, the Emir of Zazzau, Mallam Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, said the victims were observing the Asr prayer around 4pm when the incident occurred.
He said, “We had earlier observed a crack on the wall of the mosque yesterday, and was planning to deploy team of civil engineers to effect repairs, when this unfortunate incident happened.”
While condoling the family of the deceased, the Emir directed that people should pray outside the mosque pending the repairs.
The Emir directed that funeral prayer of all the corpses will be observed today at 8.30pm at the emir’s palace.