Friday, 25 October 2013

Bishop Slumps, Dies On Way To Israel

 Bishop Slumps, Dies On Way To Israel
Tragedy struck in far away Turkey on Wednesday as a Bishop of the Anglican Church and  Christian pilgrim from Niger State, Bishop Peter Olukayode, died while on transit to Israel for this year’s Christian pilgrimage to the Holy land. News of the incident emerged yesterday as the spokesman of the Niger State  Committee on 2013 Christian Pilgrimage, Mr. Ilya Garba, informed journalists  in an interview in Minna,  that the late bishop  was a leading motivator for the pilgrims, hours to  their departure.
“The clergyman had been motivating other pilgrims in his bus from Minna to Abuja for their flight and continued doing so, until their departure for the first leg of the flight.

“The  bishop was said to have slumped  on their arrival at Ankara Airport inTurkey and the medical team administered first aid treatment before he was taken to the hospital.

“Unfortunately, he was confirmed dead at the hospital while treatment was being administered to him and his corpse has been deposited at the hospital,’’ he said.

Garba stated that the head of the medical team, Dr Joseph Kolo, informed the committee that the late  bishop  had undergone rigorous medical examination and declared fit for the trip.

He said the remains  of the deceased clergyman would be returned to Nigeria at the weekend and released to the family members  for burial.

He said also that the head of the delegation, Mr Abraham Yisa, had condoled with the family over the bishop’s death and prayed  that God grants the departed soul  eternal rest.

Garba said 286 pilgrims from the state left the country for Israel on Altas Desk Airlines from Abuja via Ankara to Tel Aviv in Israel for this year’s pilgrimage.

He said the second batch of the pilgrims would depart Nigeria on Saturday October 26,  2013

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