Tansian Int’l College Tragedy, Regrettable – Bishop Ezeokafor


… Condoles families of deceased students, affected

By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor has condoled with the families of the deceased students of Tansian International College and those affected by the tragedy..

Condoling the families at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral Awka, Bishop Ezeokafor described the incident as unfortunate, sad and tragic.

“I was at Neni on Saturday when I received a distress call from the school’s Manager informing me about what happened. He told me they have taken them to the hospital and I said it was the right thing to do.

“After my pastoral visit on Sunday, 5th November, 2023 I proceeded to the hospital where I met those recovering from the strike. I discovered that two out of the three remains had been taken away by the families. Seeing them, you’ll know that they are very young and never anticipated what befell them. It was a sad commentary. It happened even though there were measures put in place to avert such occurrences.

“It is quite sad. These children never believed that they will be gone by now. Nobody is even expecting them to go that way. People will be thinking about what they will become in the future and this abrupt sad end. I am really pained about the ugly incident but there’s nothing we can do other than pray for quick recovery of the affected and the repose of the deceased ones.

“I think they were in it route and also not having anything on their legs. The lightning came directly to them and the unsuspecting students paid dearly for it. They were outside playing innocently. It is sad that they left this way.

“On behalf of the priests, Religious and Laity, I sympathize with the families of the deceased and prayed God to give them the grace to bear the losses. Those affected we pray for their speedy recovery”, Bishop Ezeokafor say..

Bishop Ezeokafor while condoling with the families, enjoined all to always take shelter whenever there is thunderstorm, noting that once you’re inside, the effect would not be much because it must have touched the walls, windows and all that before it will hit the victim, adding that it was important for one to always put on footwears especially the ones that can hold the lighting from striking them and also avoid areas where transformers, current, electricity, among others.

He appealed to all to take serious precautions, noting that it could be anybody tomorrow, even as he said that sometimes things like that could be act of God beyond human understanding.

Photo: Most Rev. Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor, Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese.

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