Abuja, - A church roof has collapsed in Uyo, south-east Nigeria, killing at least 60 people attending a bishop's ordination.

Some reports put the number much higher, with many people are believed to be still trapped under the debris, according to the (BBC).

Hundreds of people were inside the Reigners Bible Church including Akwa Ibom state governor Udom Emmanuel, who survived the disaster.

The church was still under construction and workers had rushed to complete it for the ordination, witnesses said.

Emmanuel said there would be an investigation into whether safety standards had been compromised.

Building collapses are relatively common in Nigeria, mainly due to the use of sub-standard materials and the violation of building regulations.

In 2014, scores of people were killed when a church hostel belonging to a Nigerian TV evangelist collapsed in the city of Lagos.

Source: Qatar News Agency