Tragedy struck the Catholic community in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State as Rev. Fr. Faustinus Gundu, attached to St. Joseph Catholic Church Jootar, was reportedly killed on Thursday after being struck by lightning.
According to reports gathered by Punch, the late Father Gundu had gone outside during a sudden downpour to retrieve a towel he had earlier spread. Amid the heavy rain, he slipped and hit his head on a hard surface. Unfortunately, no one was present to assist him during this critical moment.
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A source familiar with the incident stated, “At the time of the incident, no one was available to help the priest; he was there throughout the rain.”
By the time the news of the accident spread, the priest had already passed away, leaving the community in shock and mourning.
SP Catherine Anene, the Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident. However, she could not verify whether Father Gundu had collapsed and died from the fall or if his passing was directly caused by the lightning strike.
An investigation into the incident has been initiated to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the priest’s untimely demise. The Catholic community and residents of Benue State are mourning the loss of a revered clergyman known for his dedication and service to the community.
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