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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.

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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