Catholic Church Collapses On Worshippers …Two Feared Dead, Scores Injured …Atiku, Saraki, Okowa React

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The rubble of the collapsed St. Paul's Catholic Church, Ugolo, Adagbrasa in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State, yesterday.

At least, two worshippers were yesterday feared dead while scores of others sustained various degrees of injuries when the building they were worshipping collapsed during a church service at Adagbrassa in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.
Adagbrassa is the home town of former Minister of Culture and Tourism, late Maj. Gen Patrick Aziza (rtd).
The worshippers had converged at the St. Paul’s Catholic Church for the Sunday morning Mass when midway into the service, the building collapsed.
The church drummer, Jeffery Enukanehire, 10 who is one of the deceased, died on the spot when a section of the building wall fell on him while drumming during a prayer and worship session.
Giving details of the incident, his father, Jefferson Enukanehire while lamenting the death of his son, said: “We had just finished the morning prayer for the 7a.m mass when the wall collapsed on my son.”
He said: “We had gone for service in company of my wife and five children when the unfortunate incident occurred.
“The wall on the left side of the building collapsed and subsequently pulled the other sections of the building down on the worshippers.
“My son had succeeded in freeing himself from the initial wall that fell on him when another section of the building fell and crushed him to death.”
Meanwhile, the state Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has expressed sadness over the death of a worshipper in the unfortunate collapse of St. Paul Catholic Church building, Ugolo, Adagbrasa in Okpe Local Government Area of the state.
Describing the incident as a sad and regrettable experience, Okowa in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Aniagwu despatched the state Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye to visit the site with a view to unravelling the circumstances surrounding the collapse of the building and how government could aid the injured worshippers and the church.
Okowa prayed for the repose of the departed faithful and condoled with the family of the deceased, the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, Chairman of Okpe Local Government Council, Chief J.J. Scot, the Orodje of Okpe, Maj-Gen Felix Mujakperuo (rtd) and the entire Ugolo community in Okpe Kingdom over the unfortunate incidence.
The governor said; “this is indeed a very sad and unfortunate incident. On behalf of the Government and people of Delta State I commiserate with the family of the deceased and those injured, the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Chairman of Okpe Local Government Council, Chief Julius Scott, the Orodje of Okpe, Maj-Gen Felix Mujakperuo (rtd) and the entire Ugolo community in Okpe Kingdom over the unfortunate incidence. “It is our prayer that the soul of the deceased will rest in peace, and that the injured will experience quick recovery. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with the people of Ugolo in Okpe Kingdom over this tragedy.”
Reacting to the report, the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar expressed sadness over the incident.
In a tweet, Abubakar wrote: “My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of worshippers caught up in the collapse of St. Paul Catholic Church, Ugolo in Okpe LGA of Delta State.”
Also, the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday, commiserated with the Delta State Government and the Catholic Church in Nigeria over the collapse of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Okpe Local Government Area.
Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, promised to help ensure that survivors received necessary medical attention.
“My prayers are with the worshippers, affected families, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the people of Delta State on this morning’s collapse of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Okpe LGA.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and provide assistance to see that survivors are rescued and treated.
“Right now, we must all come together as Muslims, Christians, people of faith and most importantly, Nigerians to provide all necessary relief for the affected families and community.
“This tragedy affects us all and we join the Catholic community to mourn the deceased, even as rescue efforts are still under way,” he said.