The eyewitness said that the worshippers were in a prayer meeting when the incident occurred.
Confirming the incidence, Mr Ebere Amarizu, the Police Public Relations Officer for the police command in the state said that the cause of the incidence was not yet known.
“Yes, I can confirm to you that five persons died following the collapse of St. Anthony Catholic Church at about 8 p.m, but we are yet to know the cause.
“It is not yet clear as to what brought about the collapse of the building, but we have commenced full investigations into the incidence,” Amarizu said. (NAN)
The collapse of St. Anthony Catholic Church Cathedral comes less than a year after a six-storey building under construction collapsed in the premises of the Synagogue Church of All Nations in September 12, 2014, killing about 200 worshipers.