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UPU mourns Catholic Church building disaster, condemns abduction of Parish Priest


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Urhobo Progress Union Worldwide (UPU) has expressed sadness over the collapse of a Catholic Church building in Delta State that led to the death of a worshipper and injuries to some other worshippers.

TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports 11-year old Jeffrey Jackson died when the disaster struck at St. Paul Catholic Church in Ugolo, Adagbrasa, Okpe Local Government Area of the State.

In a statement signed by Olorogun Moses Taiga, President General of the UPU, the Union described the accident as a painful one.

“This is indeed a sad day not only for the Urhobo Nation, but for Delta and Nigeria as well. It is painful that somebody who went to worship God will die in the process, but God knows best.

“On behalf of the Urhobo Progressive Union, I commiserate with the Catholic faithful, especially those of St. Paul Catholic Church, the people of Okpe local government and most importantly the families and victims of the collapse,” the statement made available to TNG read.

Olorogun Taiga also called on kidnappers of Rev Father Christopher Ogaga, the Parish Priest of Emmanuel Catholic Church, Oviri-Okpe, also in Okpe LGA, where the church building collapsed, to immediately release him.

He described the act of kidnapping as abominable, especially when a priest is the victim.

He urged all Urhobos to join hands and work towards a safer Urhoboland.


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