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Catholic Priest Returning From Colleagues Burial Dies While Driving Home



Tragedy struck at the Abakaliki Catholic Diocese, Ebonyi State, Parish Priest, St Patrick’s Parish, Ezza Ofu, Rev. Fr. Raymond Eselu, died on steering while returning from a colleague’s burial ceremony.

According to a statement by the Diocesan Chancellor, Fr. Matthew Uzoma Opoke, Fr Eselu was confirmed dead at the Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, AE FETHA II,Abakaliki.

The 47 year-old cleric had attended the burial ceremony of the Parish Priest of St Paul’s Parish Amudo, Ezza LGA, Fr Christopher Agwu, who died on August 4, after battling a terminal illness.

It was gathered that Eselu left the funeral and was driving to see his doctor when he passed on, leaving the vehicle to roll and stop abruptly.

Agwu and Eselu were ordained on July 6, 1996, and July 7, 2007, respectively.

The diocese, which eulogized Agwu at his burial, officiated by the Bishop of the diocese, His Lordship, Most Rev. Peter Nworie Chukwu, described Eselu, as ‘a “brilliant, jovial, dedicated and workaholic priest, who took delight in celebrating the mass”.

He will be buried on September 6 after a requiem mass.

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