It was a sad Holy Week in Enugu State of Eastern Nigeria on Thursday, 14th of April 2022. Just three days to Easter Sunday as Reverend Sisters and others perished in auto Crash.
According to a report by Joseph Egbeocha of Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), two Reverend Sisters, and three other people were burnt to ashes as two V my vehicles crashed at Nawfia axis of the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway.
The statement reads:
Two Reverend Sisters, their driver, a husband and wife have been burnt to ashes in auto crash after their vehicles crashed at the Nawfia axis of the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, Anambra state.
ABS confirmed the names of the Reverend Sisters as Rev Sr Virginia Obike and Rev. Sr Monica Ilem, while their diver was Mr Chamberlain Umunakwe.
Investigations revealed that the Reverend Sister Obike, the Principal of Handmaid’s Secondary School, Amansea, Awka North LGA, and her Bursar, Reverend Sister Ilem and their driver, Mr Umunakwe were traveling to Amansea in a Toyota Hiace bus belonging to the school, and were coming from Ifite-Ogwari, Ayamelum LGA, where they went to purchase bags of rice for the school.
Other victims in a Toyota Highlander were identified as Mr Emmanuel Okeke, former Anambra State Government Storekeeper, and the wife.
Mr Ifeanacho Okeke from Nsugbe, Anambra East LGA, who spoke at the accident scene said he spoke with his brother, Emmanuel around 5pm yesterday, and around 9pm his and the wife’s lines were off, leading to search and the sad discovery early this morning.
An eyewitness, Mr. Chinecherem Okonkwo from Nawfia, Njikoka LGA, said he arrived the accident scene yesterday night during light rainfall when the vehicles were still burning, but it was late for any meaningful help.
Reverend Fathers and Sisters were seen at the accident scene discussing in low tones, while others helped in taking the vehicles off the single lane of the Expressway for free flow of traffic.