A Catholic Priest identified as Rev.Fr. Cosmas Aguocha of the Spiritan University Nneochi (SUN), reportedly died on Friday in accident which occurred just before Brewery junction, at Awo-Omamma, Imo state.
It was gathered that the Catholic Priest died after his car rammed into a stationary truck. His corpse has been deposited at the mortuary as plans have begun in earnest for his burial.
A similar incident left the entire Vincentian community of the Catholic Church in mourning. It was gathered that six philosophy seminarians of the congregation died in a motor accident, with eleven others sustaining various degree of injuries. The Vincentian philosophy students were travelling from Ikot-Ekpene, Akwa-Ibom State to attend a compulsory human development programme scheduled at Enugu. But unfortunately, this could not be as one of the two 16-seater buses conveying them had a burst tyre at Otu-Ozara just a few kilometers away to their destination.
In an emotion-laden letter announcing the sudden demise of the seminarians, who were students of Saint Joseph Major Seminary in Ikot-Ekpene, to members of the Vincentian community, the Provincial Secretary, Rev. Fr. Joachin Nwaorgu (CM) wrote, “We regret to announce the sudden death of six of our philosophy seminarians this morning along Enugu-Port-Harcourt Road.”
The letter further listed the names of the diseased students to include Emeka Osisiuri, Joachim Ehirmeyoma, Emmanuel Agbo, Emmanuel Adah, Michael Nwafor and Emmanuel Okoli. Rev. Fr. Nwaorgu who commiserated with his fellow Vincentian brothers, prayed God to grant eternal peace to the souls of the faithful departed.
A priest of the mission who would not want his name in print disclosed that the tragedy would have been worse had not the Director, Rev. Fr. Akobundu (CM) insisted that they must attend the programme in two different buses.
“The programme the students were attending was compulsory. Conventionally, we go with one bus. But nobody knows what came over the Director who persisted that the students would be conveyed in two separate buses. That singular decision helped to reduce the disaster. Perhaps, it would have been worse than this”, said the clergyman.