Four persons have been confirmed dead, while seven others were injured on Friday when a portion of the Zaria Central Mosque collapsed on worshippers.
Mallam Shehu Nagari, a survivor of the incident who worshipped in the mosque, reportedly said that the incident happened when they were in the second Sujud of Asr Prayer, adding that a portion of the mosque suddenly collapsed on those sitting directly at the section, a report by The Nation said.
The Emir of Zazzau, Mallam Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, who also confirmed the incident said the victims were observing the Asr prayer around 4pm when the incident occurred.
“We earlier observed a crack on the wall of the mosque yesterday, and was planning to deploy a team of civil engineers to effect repairs when this unfortunate incident happened,” the Emir said.
The monarch who condoled with the families of the deceased directed that people should pray outside the mosque pending when the collapsed building would be repaired.
He also said that the funeral prayer for the deceased persons would be observed by 8.30 pm at the Emir’s palace on Friday.