School immortalizes 5 pupils killed by truck driver in Ebonyi


By Joe Ogbonna

St. Michael Schools (SMCO) in Oshiri Community,  Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State has immortalised the five pupils of the school, who were killed by a Truck Driver.

The Principal of the School, Rev Father Maximus Obododike made the disclosure on Monday at Oshiri community in Onicha, during the funeral mass for the children. 

It recalls that the accident happened on Nov. 2 at Onu Nworie Egu Oshiri, involved a water truck 
Obododike said the victims were mourned and made eternally because they died innocently and thereby described them as five little saints. 

He said that the five children  were pupils from both nursery and primary section of the school. 

"The children as Chiemerie Ngwe, 5 years, Prosper Ogudu, 4, Tochukwu Nwafor 5, Divine Nworu 5 and Peace Ifeanyichukwu 7. 

"We want the state government to help us provide speed breakers in the area to avoid reoccurance of such tragic incident. 

"The college bustop is now changed to 5 Little Saint Bustop in remembrance of the victim," Obododike said. 

Rev. Michael Okoro, Bishop of Catholic Church, Abakaliki Diocese,  encouraged the bereaved families, teachers and the community to take solace in God. 

 Okoro who was represented by the Director of Education in the Diocese, Rev fr Edward Inyanwachi, said "God wants us to make meaning from the death and live righteously."

The Deputy Speaker of Ebonyi House of Assembly, Mr Odefa Obasi also urged the affected family to take heart and described death as necessary end. 

It reports that clergymen from different catholic parishes in the state, among other dignitaries attended the funeral mass. 

Prayers were also made for the driver and conductor of the water truck,  who were lynched by angry youths in the area on the day the incident occurred.

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