By Nkasi Kolie
Ten parishioners of Mother of Redeemer Catholic Church, Effurun, Delta state, have been confirmed dead in a ghastly motor accident that occurred at at the weekend in Ogwashi-Ukwu, Aniocha -South Local Government Area of the state on their way back to Warri from the burial ceremony of an aged parishioner in Anambra State.
Many other victims involved in the accident were in critical conditions at various hospitals in Ogwashi-Ukwu where they were taken to, for treatment by sympathizers.
It was gathered that the parishioners had come out in their numbers on Saturday morning to join buses provided by the family of the late patriarch, Pa Patrick Ofor, popularly known as Peg Ofor, the Chairman of Peg Ofor Nigeria Limited, who was slated for burial at his home town in Ekulumili, after Nnewi in Anambra state .
It was gathered that the parishioners safely arrived the burial venue but the unexpected happened on their way going back to Warri at about 4pm when a tyre of one of the buses conveying the parishioners burst shortly after Asaba heading towards Ogwashi-Uku, causing the bus to somersault which led to the death of some people.
The news of the sad incident threw the entire Warri and its environs into mourning. Families, friends, parishioners and priests were still mourning the death of their loved ones.
Delta State Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Bright Edafe, who confirmed the accident in a telephone conversation, described the incident as unfortunate.
He noted that the Command acted swiftly to the distress call made after the accident occurred that Saturday evening, adding that it was due to police prompt intervention that saved some lives as the officers rushed the victims who were in critical condition to the hospital .