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Rev. Francis Alex Okafor Dead: Catholic Priest Dies During Send Off Party In Lagos Beach

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August 22, 2015 – Rev. Francis Alex Okafor Dead: Catholic Priest Dies During Send Off Party At Ibeshe Beach, Oriade Lagos 

The Catholic community in Lagos is yet to come to terms with the tragic death of Rev. Francis Alex Okafor. The man drowned during a send-forth party organised in his honour at the Ibeshe Beach in Oriade Lo­cal Council Development Area of the state.

Eyewitness account said, 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 was found floating at the edge of the sea.

Rev. Okafor who was in his 30s, was ordained Deacon on July 4, 2015, and was subsequently posted to St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Agboju, Lagos for the mandatory six weeks apostolic work.

When Saturday Sun visited the par­ish within the week, the whole place wore sombre look. There were no ac­tivities in the premises. The few peo­ple around were in groups, obviously discussing the incident.

Describing the incident as a rude shock, Mr. Percy Okuofo, president of Redemption Youth Vocation Ministry (RYVM), the group which organised the ill-fated send-forth, told Saturday Sun that the late Reverend was an ex­cellent example to the youths.

According to him, “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.”

Ahead of the proposed sent-forth party, the youths of the church under the umbrella of RSYVM, decided to organise the beach party for him.

Battling to control his tears, Okuofo said: “while some of the youths and the late Reverend were swimming, three of them, including the clergy were swept away by a strong current and vanished in the water. Onlookers and other swimmers were surprised at what had happened and immediately went on a rescue mission.

“Luckily, some divers around were able to save two of the youths, a boy and a girl, while Okafor’s body could not be found. We kept monitoring the area till his bloated body surfaced.”

During the Service of Songs organ­ised by the church, Priest in-charge, Rev Fr Michael Okoh described the late Okafor as an obedient servant of God and a hardworking gentleman who did his best to lift the church within the short period he came.

The late Okafor who hailed from Anambra State, was trained by his single mother. He was to be ordained priest in July 2016, after about nine years training. It was also learnt that he was the only son of his parents.

[Saturday Sun]

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  1. DEVON

    August 22, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    May be he has been sinning secretly

  2. maygate

    August 22, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    May his soul rest in peace

  3. afin oosa

    August 22, 2015 at 8:51 AM


  4. Femi

    August 22, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    May God forgive u Devon.
    Let he that has no sin cast the first stone.
    May His soul rest in peace

  5. merry

    August 22, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Dis guy u r very funny. Not even rip

  6. clement sadjere

    August 22, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    sad indeed. May his gentle soul rest in peace

  7. Maris

    August 22, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    @ Devon, who r u to cast d first stone. I know u r in heaven already, u don’t hv to die. U hv know right to judge. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

  8. yusuf

    August 22, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    may his soul rest in peace, but something is fishing, serious investigation should immediately commence

  9. burkina faso

    August 22, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    The enemy has struck!!! A particular satanic agent must have vowed never to see him a priest and to make an irrepairable heartbreak to the mother. Who knows if it was one of the parishioners that did that? Yes even the enemies could be found in churches now. Is not every tooth seen came out to laugh o!

  10. Adele

    August 22, 2015 at 1:09 PM


  11. crxtylinks

    August 22, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    @devon or devil don’t speak bad about d death u are not better than him. RIP REV. OKAFOR

  12. Oma

    August 22, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Those that organised that sendOff party hav done more harm than good, of all the places they chose beach why not d church premises may be the rev must av destroyed many evil kingdoms that ws why they sent that strong current that took him. R.i.p dear only God know why it happened this way

  13. Okoro JC

    August 22, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    So pathetic. Evilmen in his village don remote am. Rest in paradise

  14. Bobo

    August 22, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Christ never celabrate his BD while he was on y do we?

  15. Bobo

    August 22, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    May his soul rest in peace Amen

  16. R

    August 22, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    @Devon who r u 2 judge,so what u r trying 2 say is that God kill people & because of their sins? God dont do his things our way so I will advise that u pray 4 urself instead of pointing an accusing finger! The news is a sad one may his soul RIP Amen.

  17. zik

    August 22, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    this is terrible, God have mercy

  18. ojukwu

    August 22, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    May d soul of REV OKAFOR nd d departed rest in d bossom of our lord!!!!!!so sad.

  19. Don

    August 22, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    maybe he must have sin secretly.

  20. Joy

    August 22, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Christians of nowadays party dis party dat o ma se o !

  21. gloria Bernards

    August 23, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    May his Soul rest in Peace. God have mercy. Untimely death shall never be our Portion in Jesus Name..Amen

  22. Sweetchy

    August 24, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Rev. Francis Alex Chukwuma Okafor is a rare GEM. I just couldn’t come with terms that he’s dead. A vibrant young man with passion for Christ. He was to be ordained a Catholic priest under the Redemtorists congregation. He gathered youths from St. Stephen’s Agboju and the outstaion, Divine Mercy, Alakija. I wept for his soul yesterday when the pamplet for prayer for the dead with his pix on it was shared. I still find it difficult to believe he is dead. I pray for the repose of his soul. I also pray that God take revenge if his death is not natural.
    Rest in Peace our dearest Rev. Francis Alex Chukwuma Okafor. You touched lives the little time you spent on earth.

  23. chic

    August 24, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    Please people should stop judging the death. Oh they would have done the sent forth in the church premises, may be he does not know how to swim. May his sould rest in peace.

  24. vien

    August 25, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    i meet him just 2wiks ago @ saint steven cath chuch Agboju. when we went to baptise my girl,very young ,cute and devoted man of God….ETERNAL REST GRANT HIM O LORD AND LET UR PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPONE HIM AMEN,MAY THE SOUL OF REV BRO ALEX OKAFOR REST IN OEACE AMEN…….for those saying rubbish ,who re u to judge a MAN OF GOD?//

  25. vien

    August 25, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    i meet him just 2wiks ago @ saint steven cath chuch Agboju. when we went to baptise my girl,very young ,cute and devoted man of God….ETERNAL REST GRANT HIM O LORD AND LET UR PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPONE HIM AMEN,MAY THE SOUL OF REV BRO ALEX OKAFOR REST IN PEACE AMEN…….for those saying rubbish ,who re u to judge a MAN OF GOD?//

  26. Solex

    September 7, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    God has a reason for everything he does,He never makes mistakes.For those who has no control over their mouth,please watch it,u don’t judge a man God has prepared for his work. The Rev in question celebrated morning mass on dat Assumption Day before his death. So,I believe he was in tune with the Divine Call. May His soul Rest In Peace.

  27. Victoria Ishie

    May 29, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    May his soul and the soul of the faithful departed through the mercy of God RIP. Amen

  28. Bro Collins Egwuekwe

    November 9, 2018 at 11:43 PM

    May his soul and souls of all the faithful departed through mercy of God rest in peace,may his soul rest in perfect peace Amen

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