[ACNS, by Gavin Drake] 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, in Kaduna state; and were travelling in the college minibus to represent the college at a function in Gwagwalada when the accident happened. On hearing news of the accident, the Primate of Nigeria, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, sent a primatial delegation to visit the college to express condolence and to offer support.
The delegation was led by the general secretary of the Church of Nigeria, Dr Stephen Ayodeji Fagbemi, and were accompanied by church directors the Ven Ben Idume and the Ven Syrenius Okoriko.
Dr 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 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 behind-closed-doors meeting with faculty members at which Dr Fagbemi thanked them for their services to the college and wider church.
Bishop Praises Omole-Ekun, the Dean of the College, thanked Archbishop Okoh for sending the delegation. He said that the college’s immediate and most important need was to look after the widows and children of those who had died. The loss of the minibus was just one of a number of challenges faced by the college.