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Reverend father drowns at Lagos beach during send forth party

Rev. Francis Alex Okafor died by drowning during a recent send-forth
party organised in his honour at the Ibeshe Beach in Oriade Lo­cal
Council Development Area of Lagos state.

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According to an eyewitness account,
while Rev. Okafor and some of his guests were swimming, a strong
current came and carried him, together with some of the people.
Divers who were immediately mo­bilised were able to rescue three of them, while Rev Okafor could not be found.

Two days after, his lifeless body of the 30-year-old was found floating at the edge of the sea.
Percy Okuofo, president of Redemption Youth Vocation Ministry (RYVM),
the group which organised the send-forth, spoke about the Reverend
Father.

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He said: “By Catho­lic rules, before one could become a priest, he
must have undergone about nine years of intensive and rigorous training,
which also involves an apos­tolic work in a Catholic church. This would
enable him to get acquainted with all it takes to celebrate a mass and
acquire more experience in the vari­ous aspects of church
administration. For the late Rev he has already been ordained a deacon,
and waiting to be ordained a priest next year.

“Having completed the six weeks apostolic work at St. Stephen’s
Catho­lic Church Agboju, the late Okafor was full of joy and was warming
up to meet his family in Zaria. The Par­ish Priest Rev. Father Michael
Okoh, the parishioners and the members of the church planned a colourful
send-forth for him on Sunday, August 16, after which he would leave for
further engagements.”

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Tireni Adebayo

Tireni Adebayo is the Editor of Kemi Filani News. She has BSC in Mass Communication from the Redeemer's University and M.A in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos (2014 - 2015) where she majored in Public Relations and Advertising and Digital Media.  When she is not writing, she is either listening to music or reading her favorite books. Tel: +2348061000090 Address: Herbert Macaulay, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria Email: [email protected]

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