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President Buhari pays tribute to Rev. Sis. Alokha who died in Lagos explosion

President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a statement mourning the death of the Principal of Bethlehem High School, Abule-Ado, Lagos, Rev. Sis. Henrietta Alokha, who is being buried today.

Rev. Alokha died in an explosion on Sunday the 15th of March 2020, during the Eucharist Celebration held at the School Chapel of Bethlehem Girls College Abule-Ado, owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos and managed by the Institute of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart Of Jesus.

The cause of this explosion has not really being ascertained, however, some allude it to a truck that hit a stack of gas cylinders close to its station, while others believe it was a bomb blast.

While none of the students died, because the Heroine, Sister, Mother and Principal paid the supreme Sacrifice, at least 15 corpses, including a family of four, had been recovered from the scene of Sunday’s pipeline explosion in Abule Ado area of Lagos, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

The agency said at least 60 injured students of Bethlehem Girls College had been taken to the Nigerian Navy Hospital in Ojo Cantonment for treatment.

The Acting Coordinator of NEMA in Lagos, Ibrahim Farinloye, said the victims include a couple and their two sons, were caught by the explosion on their way to church at about 9:00 a.m. on that Sunday.

According to him, over 50 buildings, including Bethlehem Girls College and a popular hotel, were damaged in the explosion.



As remains of the Principal of Bethlehem High School, Abule-Ado, Lagos, Rev. Sis. Henrietta Alokha, is laid to rest, President Muhammadu Buhari joins staff members and students in mourning the huge loss to the school, and the country.

The President believes Sis. Alokha’s choice to lay down her life for the students she loved deserves commendation, while taking into consideration her contributions to the educational development of the country through piety, diligence and charity.

President Buhari salutes her courage and heroism, assuring that posterity will remember her sacrificial spirit, rescuing children kept under her care, and putting her own life on the line.

The President prays that the almighty God will accept her soul, comfort her family, and all those she lived and died for.

President Buhari, again, condoles with all those who lost their loved ones and property in the pipeline explosion, praying that God will strengthen them in the trying period.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

March 27, 2020

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