Saturday, March 28, 2020

Lagos explosion: Late Bethlehem Girls’ College proprietor buried in Edo state

The late proprietor of Bethlehem Girls’ College, Rev Sis Henrietta Alokha, who died in the explosion that rocked Abule-Ado in the Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State, has been buried.

The late Alokha, who was a member of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart, was buried at the cemetery of the Sacred Heart Convent, Uromi, in the Esan North-East Local Government Area of Edo State, on Thursday.

At least 23 persons were killed in the explosion that also destroyed houses, and left many residents displaced on March 15.


Alokha was reported to have died while rescuing pupils of the school trapped in the building when the disaster occurred during a mass.

It was learnt that the burial was restricted to few individuals in line with the directive of the Edo State Government on social distancing to curb the spread of coronavirus.

It was, however, gathered that the wake and interment were live-streamed to allow friends and sympathisers to participate online and send condolences.

Those in attendance at the ceremony were the siblings of the deceased, the Archbishop of Benin and President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, Most Rev. Augustine Akubeze; Bishop of Uromi, Most Rev Donatus Ogun; Bishop of Auchi, Most Rev Gabriel Dunia, reverend sisters and other priests.

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