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Sunday Alamba, Associated Press
Lindiwe Ndwandwe, a 33 year old South African woman ,who spent five days under the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations, before she was rescued, cries near the rubble, in Lagos, Nigeria, Saturday, 20. 2014. Lives were lost as church officials prevented workers from rescuing victims at the scene of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria’s emergency agency said Friday. Most victims were South African, according to the South African government, which said at least 67 South Africans died and 17 appear missing in the rubble of the six-story building that had a shopping mall on the ground floor and guest rooms above.

JOHANNESBURG — A total of 115 people, including 84 South Africans, died in the Sept. 12 collapse of a building at a church complex in Nigeria, the South African government said Monday.

Phumla Williams, a South African government spokeswoman, said South African officials in Nigeria provided the updated death toll.

"There is a team that is working with the Nigerians there," said Williams, who spoke after a plane carrying South Africans who were injured in the disaster arrived in South Africa.

Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesman for the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency, said he was unable to confirm the South African government report of 115 dead. Last week, Farinloye reported a death toll of 86.

The fallen multistory building served as a shopping mall and guesthouse at the sprawling campus of televangelist T.B. Joshua's Synagogue, Church of All Nations, on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital.

Farinloye, the Nigerian official, had said church officials prevented rescuers from working at the building site in the critical few hours immediately after the collapse. The church denied allegations that it did not cooperate.

Nigerian officials have said shoddy construction may have been the cause of the building collapse, though the church has tried to implicate Islamic militants, releasing a video that purports to show a mysterious aircraft flying low over the building before it fell.