College Members Perish

Adapted from Gavin Drake, ACNS

Three members of an Anglican theological college in Nigeria were killed and others have been critically injured after “a ghastly motor accident,” the Anglican Church of Nigeria has reported. They were members of the community of St. Francis College of Theology in Wusasa, Kaduna.  They were traveling in the college minibus to represent the college at a function in Gwagwalada when the accident happened.

On hearing news of the accident, the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, Archbishop of Nigeria, sent a primatial delegation to the college to express condolence and to offer support.

The delegation included led by Stephen Ayodeji Fagbemi, general secretary of the Church of Nigeria, the Ven. Ben Idume and the Ven. Syrenius Okoriko.

Fagbemi “expressed the pains on the heart of the primate when he heard about the demise of the three members of the community in the accident where others also sustained serious injuries,” the Church of Nigeria report said. “He assured the entire community that they are in the thought and prayers of the primate and the entire Church.”

The primate’s delegation met with the college community to encourage and pray for them and held a private meeting with faculty members at which Fagbemi thanked them for their service to the college and wider church.

The Rt. Rev. Praises Omole-Ekun, dean of the college, thanked Archbishop Okoh for sending the delegation. He said the college’s immediate and most important need was to look after the widows and children of those who had died.

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