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FILE- In this Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 file photo, Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesman for the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency, speaks on the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria. 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, Sept. 19, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)
Last Sunday, T.B. Joshua played footage of the horrific moment a guest-house collapsed.#VIDEO http://t.co/7ztAsQSdvS http://t.co/n46H4XlrYT
A rescue worker takes part in the search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. A Nigerian televangelist whose followers across Africa and beyond believe he has powers of healing and prophesy is now beset by crisis after one of his buildings collapsed, killing at least 70 people amid allegations that church officials didn’t cooperate with rescuers. The exact circumstances of the disaster as well as the death toll remained unclear on Wednesday, five days after the disaster at a multistory guesthouse and shopping area for T.B. Joshua's Synagogue, Church of All Nations, on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital. ( AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. A Nigerian televangelist whose followers across Africa and beyond believe he has powers of healing and prophesy is now beset by crisis after one of his buildings collapsed, killing at least 70 people amid allegations that church officials didn’t cooperate with rescuers. The exact circumstances of the disaster as well as the death toll remained unclear on Wednesday, five days after the disaster at a multistory guesthouse and shopping area for T.B. Joshua's Synagogue, Church of All Nations, on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
A rescue worker walks on the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria Wednesday, Sept, 17. 2014. A Nigerian televangelist whose followers across Africa and beyond believe he has powers of healing and prophesy is now beset by crisis after one of his buildings collapsed, killing at least 70 people amid allegations that church officials didn’t cooperate with rescuers. The exact circumstances of the disaster as well as the death toll remained unclear on Wednesday, five days after the disaster at a multistory guesthouse and shopping area for T.B. Joshua's Synagogue, Church of All Nations, on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital. ( AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria, Saturday, Sept, 13. 2014. The building was being extended, adding 3 additional floors when it collapsed. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Headquarters of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in the Ikotun neighborhood in Lagos on September 17, 2014. A popular Nigerian preacher and televangelist was under mounting pressure to co-operate with the authorities after a fatal building collapse in Lagos that claimed at least 67 lives.TB Joshua and staff at his Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) have so far failed to disclose information to the investigation, the state government and emergency services said. Some 67 South Africans died when a hostel for Joshua's foreign followers collapsed on September 12, President Jacob Zuma said in Pretoria on September 16, with fears that the toll could rise further. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
Spokesman of the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) southwest region, Ibrahim Farinloye, speaks about the casuality figure at the scene of the collapsed church guesthouse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in the Ikotun neighborhood in Lagos on September 17, 2014. A popular Nigerian preacher and televangelist was under mounting pressure to co-operate with the authorities after a fatal building collapse in Lagos that claimed at least 67 lives.TB Joshua and staff at his Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) have so far failed to disclose information to the investigation, the state government and emergency services said. Some 67 South Africans died when a hostel for Joshua's foreign followers collapsed on September 12, President Jacob Zuma said in Pretoria on September 16, with fears that the toll could rise further. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
A paramilitary officer wears a face mask at the scene of the collapsed church guesthouse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in the Ikotun neighborhood in Lagos on September 17, 2014. A popular Nigerian preacher and televangelist was under mounting pressure to co-operate with the authorities after a fatal building collapse in Lagos that claimed at least 67 lives.TB Joshua and staff at his Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) have so far failed to disclose information to the investigation, the state government and emergency services said. Some 67 South Africans died when a hostel for Joshua's foreign followers collapsed on September 12, President Jacob Zuma said in Pretoria on September 16, with fears that the toll could rise further. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
Nigerian red cross workers gather at the scene of the collapsed church guesthouse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in the Ikotun neighborhood in Lagos on September 17, 2014. A popular Nigerian preacher and televangelist was under mounting pressure to co-operate with the authorities after a fatal building collapse in Lagos that claimed at least 67 lives.TB Joshua and staff at his Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) have so far failed to disclose information to the investigation, the state government and emergency services said. Some 67 South Africans died when a hostel for Joshua's foreign followers collapsed on September 12, President Jacob Zuma said in Pretoria on September 16, with fears that the toll could rise further. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
A policeman monitors the excavation of the collapsed guesthouse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in the Ikotun neighborhood of Lagos on September 17, 2014. A popular Nigerian preacher and televangelist was under mounting pressure to co-operate with the authorities after a fatal building collapse in Lagos that claimed at least 67 lives.TB Joshua and staff at his Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) have so far failed to disclose information to the investigation, the state government and emergency services said. Some 67 South Africans died when a hostel for Joshua's foreign followers collapsed on September 12, President Jacob Zuma said in Pretoria on September 16, with fears that the toll could rise further. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescue workers clear the debris of a collapsed guesthouse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) at Ikotun in Lagos on September 17, 2014. A popular Nigerian preacher and televangelist was under mounting pressure to co-operate with the authorities after a fatal building collapse in Lagos that claimed at least 67 lives.TB Joshua and staff at his Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) have so far failed to disclose information to the investigation, the state government and emergency services said. Some 67 South Africans died when a hostel for Joshua's foreign followers collapsed on September 12, President Jacob Zuma said in Pretoria on September 16, with fears that the toll could rise further. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
Debris of a collapsed guesthouse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) is piled up at Ikotun a neighborhood of Lagos on September 17, 2014. A popular Nigerian preacher and televangelist was under mounting pressure to co-operate with the authorities after a fatal building collapse in Lagos that claimed at least 67 lives.TB Joshua and staff at his Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) have so far failed to disclose information to the investigation, the state government and emergency services said. Some 67 South Africans died when a hostel for Joshua's foreign followers collapsed on September 12, President Jacob Zuma said in Pretoria on September 16, with fears that the toll could rise further. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescue workers stand as a caterpillar tries to excavate rubble of the collapsed building in search of missing persons at the Ikotun headquarters of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos on September 17, 2014. A popular Nigerian preacher and televangelist was under mounting pressure to co-operate with the authorities after a fatal building collapse in Lagos that claimed at least 67 lives.TB Joshua and staff at his Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) have so far failed to disclose information to the investigation, the state government and emergency services said. Some 67 South Africans died when a hostel for Joshua's foreign followers collapsed on September 12, President Jacob Zuma said in Pretoria September 16, with fears that the death toll could rise further. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)
BUILDING COLLAPSE, LAGOS, NIOGERIA - SEPTEMBER 13, 2014: On September 12th, 2014 a two-story building collapsed and was located in the expansive compound of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations in the Ikotun area of Lagos. This image was captured on September 13th, 2013 by DigitalGlobe's WorldView-1 Satellite.
Rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. A Nigerian televangelist whose followers across Africa and beyond believe he has powers of healing and prophesy is now beset by crisis after one of his buildings collapsed, killing at least 70 people amid allegations that church officials didn’t cooperate with rescuers. The exact circumstances of the disaster as well as the death toll remained unclear on Wednesday, five days after the disaster at a multistory guesthouse and shopping area for T.B. Joshua's Synagogue, Church of All Nations, on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. A Nigerian televangelist whose followers across Africa and beyond believe he has powers of healing and prophesy is now beset by crisis after one of his buildings collapsed, killing at least 70 people amid allegations that church officials didn’t cooperate with rescuers. The exact circumstances of the disaster as well as the death toll remained unclear on Wednesday, five days after the disaster at a multistory guesthouse and shopping area for T.B. Joshua's Synagogue, Church of All Nations, on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital. ( AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria Wednesday, Sept, 17. 2014. A Nigerian televangelist whose followers across Africa and beyond believe he has powers of healing and prophesy is now beset by crisis after one of his buildings collapsed, killing at least 70 people amid allegations that church officials didn’t cooperate with rescuers. The exact circumstances of the disaster as well as the death toll remained unclear on Wednesday, five days after the disaster at a multistory guesthouse and shopping area for T.B. Joshua's Synagogue, Church of All Nations, on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital. ( AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria Wednesday, Sept, 17. 2014. A Nigerian televangelist whose followers across Africa and beyond believe he has powers of healing and prophesy is now beset by crisis after one of his buildings collapsed, killing at least 70 people amid allegations that church officials didn’t cooperate with rescuers.The exact circumstances of the disaster as well as the death toll remained unclear on Wednesday, five days after the disaster at a multistory guesthouse and shopping area for T.B. Joshua's Synagogue, Church of All Nations, on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital. ( AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
A rescue worker uses a hose during the search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria, Tuesday Sept. 16, 2014. Rescue workers early Tuesday dug a woman out of the rubble of a building that collapsed four days ago and she walked away with only a slight injury, a government spokesman said. The death toll rose to 60 by Tuesday afternoon from the fallen multistory building serving 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. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria, Tuesday Sept. 16, 2014. Rescue workers early Tuesday dug a woman out of the rubble of a building that collapsed four days ago and she walked away with only a slight injury, a government spokesman said. The death toll rose to 60 by Tuesday afternoon from the fallen multistory building serving 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. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria, Tuesday Sept. 16, 2014. Rescue workers early Tuesday dug a woman out of the rubble of a building that collapsed four days ago and she walked away with only a slight injury, a government spokesman said. The death toll rose to 60 by Tuesday afternoon from the fallen multistory building serving 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. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
CAPTION CORRECTS THE NUMBER OF FLOORS BEING ADDED TO THE BUILDING Rescue workers gather at the sits of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria, Saturday, Sept, 13. 2014. The building was being extended, adding 2 additional floors when it collapsed. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
CAPTION CORRECTS THE NUMBER OF FLOORS BEING ADDED TO THE BUILDING Rescue workers carry a survivor from the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria, Saturday, Sept, 13. 2014. The building was being extended, adding 2 additional floors when it collapsed. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
CAPTION CORRECTS THE NUMBER OF FLOORS BEING ADDED TO THE BUILDING Rescue workers carry a survivor from the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria, Saturday, Sept, 13. 2014. The building was being extended, adding 2 additional floors when it collapsed. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
CAPTION CORRECTS THE NUMBER OF FLOORS BEING ADDED TO THE BUILDING Rescue workers carry a survivor into an ambulance, from the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria, Saturday, Sept, 13. 2014. The building was being extended, adding 2 additional floors when it collapsed. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
FILE-In this file photo taken on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, Rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria. Rescue workers have recovered 46 bodies and rescued 130 survivors from a collapsed shopping mall and guesthouse at the campus of renowned Nigerian preacher T.B. Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations, the West African nation's emergency agency said Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)
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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - An official in Nigeria says the death toll in a building collapse at a televangelist's church complex has risen to 80.

Ibrahim Farinloye of the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency announced the toll on Thursday as search operations continued at T.B. Joshua's Synagogue, Church of All Nations, on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital.

South Africa says 67 South African citizens died in the Sept. 12 collapse of a guesthouse at the church complex. Officials have not clarified whether the South African fatalities were among the larger group of 80 dead cited by the Nigerian government.

South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma, says the final death toll of South African citizens will only be known when search and rescue missions finish.

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