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Two Catholic Nuns, others die in auto crash



A fatal accident has claimed the lives of two catholic nuns identified as Rev. Sr. Virginia Obike and Sr. Monica Ilem, their driver, Chamberlain Umunakwe and three others in Anambra State.

The catholic sisters, who both worked as Principal and Bursar of Handmaid’s Secondary School, Amansea, Awka North, were traveling to Amansea from Ifite-Ogwari, Ayamelum LGA, where they had gone to purchase bags of rice for the school.

The accident, involving a Toyota Hiace bus and a Toyota Highlander occurred at the Nawfia axis of the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway on Tuesday night.

Other victims in the accident were identified as Emmanuel Okeke, a former Anambra State Government storekeeper, and his wife.

One Ifeanacho Okeke, 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, Chinecherem Okonkwo from Nawfia, said he arrived at the accident scene on Tuesday night during light rainfall when the vehicles were still burning, but it was late for any meaningful help.

Some reverend Fathers and Sisters were seen at the accident scene, while others assisted in taking the badly-damaged vehicles off the single lane of the Expressway for free flow of traffic.

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