Catholic priest collapses, dies during Sunday mass in Port Harcourt

Catholic priest collapses, dies during Sunday mass in Port Harcourt

- A Catholic priest is reported to have suddenly slumped and died while conducting mass in a church in Port Harcourt

- The cleric, identified as Rev Father, Cyprian Kooro, was rushed to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) by other officials of the church after he slumped

- A source said the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) later confirmed that the cleric had died

A Catholic priest is reported to have suddenly slumped and died while conducting mass on Sunday, March 22, at the St Helen Catholic Church, Ogbogoro in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

The Nation newspaper, citing a source, reported that the cleric, identified as Rev Father, Cyprian Kooro, was rushed to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) by other officials of the church where he was later confirmed dead.

Catholic priest collapses, dies during Sunday mass in Port Harcourt

Rev Father, Cyprian Kooro was rushed to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) by other officials of the church where he was later confirmed dead
Source: UGC

“A catholic priest has reportedly slumped and died celebrating mass in Port Harcourt. The priest had slumped after the homily.

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“The priest posted to St Helene Catholic Church Ogbogoro was immediately rushed to UPTH where he confirmed dead, the source said.

However, the cause of the priest’s death could not be confirmed at the time this report was published.

In another news report, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has directed all zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and commissioners of police nationwide to ensure social restriction orders to curtail the spread of coronavirus.

The IGP in a statement on Sunday, March 22 issued on his behalf by the police spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, directed that all legitimate orders given in pursuant to the containment efforts on the viral disease are strictly enforced within their areas of jurisdiction.

IGP Adamu also warned against unnecessary arrests and detention of suspects, even as he enjoined Nigerians to voluntarily adhere to the orders of relevant authorities concerning the disease.

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He reiterated that detention of suspects must be reduced to the barest minimum, stressing that only very serious cases such as terrorism, armed robbery, homicide and other non-bailable offences should warrant detention.

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The police boss further directed that adequate measures be emplaced to screen persons to be committed into police custody.

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