A parish priest with the Abakaliki Catholic Diocese, Ebonyi State, St Patrick’s Parish, Ezza Ofu, Rev. Fr. Raymond Eselu has died on wheel while returning from a colleague’s burial ceremony.

According to a statement by the Diocesan Chancellor, Fr. Matthew Uzoma Opoke, Eselu was confirmed dead at the Alex Ekweme Federal Teaching Hospital, after an auto crash which occured in front of St.Theresa’s Cathedral, Abakaliki.

Eselu, 47, had attended the burial ceremony of the Parish Priest, St Paul’s Parish Amudo, Ezza LGA, Fr Christopher Agwu, who died on August 4, after battling a terminal illness.

It was gathered that Eselu left the event and was driving to see his doctor when he passed on, leaving the car to roll and stop abruptly.  Agwu and Eselu were ordained on July 6, 1996, and July 7, 2007, respectively

The Diocese, which eulogized Agwu at his burial, officiated by the Bishop of the diocese, His Lordship, Most Rev. Peter Nworie Chukwu, described Eselu, as ‘a “brilliant,   jovial, dedicated and workaholic priest, who took delight in celebrating the mass”

Gov David Umahi of Ebonyi has commiserated with the Abakaliki Catholic Diocese in the state on the loss of its Priest, Rev Fr. Raymond Eselu, who died in an auto crash.

Umahi, in a statement, issued to journalists on Friday in Abakaliki by his Special Assistant on Media and Strategy, Mr Chooks Okoh, described the cleric’s death as shocking.

“I commiserate with the Abakaliki Diocese and the Catholic faithful across the world, especially the Ezza-Ofu congregation over this irreplaceable loss,” he said.



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