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Sunday, 31 January 2016

Pastor dies hours before a burial service he was supposed to officiate

Venerable Stephen Eseteru Ogue, JP, 53, of St. John’s Anglican Church, Agbarho in Ughelli North Local Government  Area of Delta State and author of several Christian books died at about 7.45 a.m. on Friday, December 11, 2015, two hours  before he was supposed to officiate at a funeral service.
He reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away at Lily Hospital, Deco Road, Warri. His first  daughter, Oghenenyoreme Ogue, said he had been suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure.

The hearse conveying the remains of the  woman whose burial the paster was supposed to preside at, mourners, including a large delegation of the church’s Women Guild as well as members of the Anglican Fasting and Prayer Society, had gathered in front of the church building as early as 9.25 a.m. for the service billed for 10.00 a.m.

Unaware of the tragedy that had occurred, the mourners waited patiently for the officiating ministers to receive the body but no pastor was in sight. Meanwhile, other  members of the church and visitors kept  trooping into the church premises for the funeral service.

Worried by the development, members of the mourning family  began to  call the vicar’s phone but someone kept answering his  asking them to exercise patient. The calls to Reverend Friday Erutere, billed to assist the venerable at the funeral service, were initially ignored until he answered  to similarly sue for patience, saying he was on his way to the church.

After about 45 minutes after the burial ceremony was supposed to start, a Toyota car, said to be owned by the vicar/archdeacon, hurried into the church premises and made its way straight to the staff quarters ,to the  relief of those waiting  outside the church. Immediately, people started regrouping around the hearse with the hope that the service would soon begin. But that didn't happen.

Eventually, 60 minutes after the scheduled time of service, Erutere, accompanied by two others, arrived at the West Door to officially receive the corpse and proceeded  with the funeral service.

After the service started, people wondered where the original pastor was, because on several occasions he had enjoined members of the Women’s Guild to be punctual for that particular service and had promised to lead the church delegation to Okpara Inland for the interment.

As the mourners departed the church for Okpara Inland, venue of the interment, there was no word about the sudden death of the vicar of the Agbarho church where another Anglican canon, Rev. Benedict  Akpoguma, took over proceedings. Put simply, neither the mourners nor well wishers, who had travelled from long distances, including Mr. John Salubi of the NNPC, Dr. Francis Eghwubare of Delta State University, Mr. Joshua Onoronimighwu of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Victor Onogagamue of Delta State Sports Commission, Barrister Joseph Ogedegbe, and a  former NBA  Chairman of Ughelli Local Government, were briefed on the reason for the funeral’s delay.

Only the first daughter, Oghenenyoreme, could volunteer comments,although, she was unable to explain the mystery behind the death of her father,  as, according to her, they were trained to submit to the will of God in all circumstances.

However, the daughter said they had prayed together that morning in accordance with family tradition, without any visible signs of danger, and the ebullient father retired to the couch in the sitting room apparently to relax.
“After a while, I noticed that daddy was no longer breathing normally and I raised the alarm to draw my mum’s attention. She quickly called the driver and we carried him to the car and drove straight to the hospital in Warri. That is all I can tell you, because nobody told us anything about his state of health until the bishop came later that day to break the sad news to us,” she tearfully narrated.


Source: Vanguard

74 comments:

Prisca Chijioke said...

Geeeez

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AbokiDaWarriBoy said...

May his soul rest in peace, God gives and take at His own will!

SENSATIONAL PURITY said...

Home call..

STERN said...

REST IN PEACE!

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Clement Sunday said...

May God help us ooo

Bonita Bislam said...

Death is an immutable destiny.Its just coincidental, nothing creepy about it

Donjazzycrush said...

oghene biko ohhh. RIP











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Ichebi Christian said...

Ewo!!!!

Hannie said...

Eyhsa

DBANJ CRUSH said...

Hmmm..RIP pastor






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NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Quite unfortunate


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Anonymous said...

What should have been the course of that? na wa osee n*de photos of UNILAG babes here

augustine muta said...

GOBE

Solomon Chukwuka said...

R....I...p

VIVACIOUS TRACY said...

So sad. Rest in peace

Anonymous said...

so sad! R.I.P

Frank Tobby said...

haba see GOBE,..,,

Mayberry said...

Lord ve mercy,may his soul rest in peace.

Edobabe#replinda#

7F098C19 said...

Na double wahala for dead body, and the owner of dead body. Rip pastor. Engr Emy

7F098C19 said...

Na double wahala for dead body, and the owner of dead body. Rip pastor. Engr Emy

tosisochukwu said...

Double tradegy. Rip pastor



































































































































































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Linda NwaGod said...

Nawa oooo
May his soul RIP
Am temporary out of service
Pls try again later
Linda dont take note!

freeborn zinalima said...

Awwwwwww may his soul rest in peace.
If i may ask why did he go to the burial in the first place or is it because of what is involve hmmm.
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#sad indeed

edovia jensita said...

RIP God nos best.

Di Mateo Xavie said...

RIP sir

gold said...

Hmm rip


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OMO CLEMENT said...

RIP

BONARIO NNAGS said...

May his soul rest in peace.


. ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Frank Odigie said...

RIP

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

May his soul and souls of faithful departed rest in peace. Amen

KELVIN OBIECHIE said...

Jesuuuuu...RIP sir





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anita otis said...

So sad. R.I.P

michael George (the Fulani Prince) said...

Such is life. U never knew when u gonna be born also you never know when u will die. It's God's grace that's needed

sandy books said...

Rip

Charles Okafor said...

Choi.. Nawa oo.. Sad death










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Adenike Bamigboye said...

So sad,RIP

Debbie Chelsea said...

Eya...sleep on

alan blessing said...

May his soul rest in peace...God knows more

Fabu Lous said...

Very sad new. May his soul rest in peace

HUMBLE EVE said...

Awww... RIP

Miriam Aguzie said...

Eiyaaa!#so sorry#Lindangwanu#

ada abraham said...

Hmmmm it is well

RareSpecie Z said...

RIP 2 the Dead n Departed.

Achi Izuegbunem said...

OMG!! RIP

Vivian Reginalds said...

Bad news
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UGWU PHILEMON said...

This is touching, may his gentle soul rest in peace. Amen

ROYAL PRIESTHOOD said...

Delta state one of d seat's of satan operations on planet earth.

ROYAL PRIESTHOOD said...

Dis is y a lot of nonsense and rubbish happens in dis state.

kings computers limited said...

Death is a debt everyone will pay, prepare to meet your maker.

Adihuba Chibueze said...

RIP

Sharon Pekun said...

That is life. God, teach us to number our days...

Tundebrown Ademuyiwa said...

Awuzubilahi

daniela desmond said...

RIP...so sad

arthur obi said...

rip

Oluwa Bukola said...

Oh,,,, a great loss it is. RIP






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acid man(linda's husband) said...

Hmmmmm....wat a world

owaszmama said...

Eeyah..........…. linda take note

Izzy Odia said...

May his soul RIP

Izzy Odia said...

May his soul rip

Jolly Smart said...

Rip

Anonymous said...

Rip .May God comfort his loved ones and friends.

Joyous babe,Linda ikeji first cousin said...

What a great lost,rip.

Joyous babe,Linda ikeji first cousin said...

What a great lost,rip.

Adaobilinda her sexcellency said...

Rest in peace

Anonymous said...

Royal darness or whatever ur name is stop insulting my state

golda awosika said...

Wow, weird stuff




#*karlishah*

Juliet Iwuno said...

Time up! May his soul rest in peace. Linda take note!

Oghenemurhobo Adjanakpo said...

Rip ven Ogue.

Efy Udosen said...

RIP

Luciana Chinda said...

Like seriously?
Rip

Ifechukwu Chioke said...

Ndo. Rest in peace

Smith Anele said...

Rest in peace sir. God had His reasons, no can question him.

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Ann Anthony said...

Rip

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