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General-elect calls for prayer after 12 Nigerian officers lost in fatal accident

The Salvation Army in Nigeria and around the world is in mourning following the fatal bus crash that killed up to 12 officers. File photo of Nigerian Salvationists marching courtesy of Nigeria Territory Facebook site.

It is with considerable distress and dismay that the international leadership of The Salvation Army has reported that a fatal accident in Nigeria has killed up to 12 officers.

A statement issued by Nigerian Public Relations Secretary Major Daniel Ekong stated, “The Salvation Army has lost 12 of its officers, a baby and a driver in a fatal accident that occurred at the Ovia River close to Benin City, the Edo State capital on Thursday June 29, 2023. Others sustained varying degrees of injuries and were rushed to the hospital. The accident was said to have been caused by a speeding Dangote truck which allegedly rammed into the 18-seater bus conveying the clerics from behind.”

The wreckage of the bus that was carrying The Salvation Army group in Nigeria.

The statement also quoted Commissioner Daniel Kasuso, Nigerian Territorial Commander, extending heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and praying for God’s protection over those who remain: “The leadership of The Salvation Army Nigeria Territory hereby extends heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased officers and fervently prays for God’s protection over those who remained.”

General-elect Commissioner Lyndon Buckingham said, “This is heartbreaking news. The officers and their driver were returning from Officers’ Councils held in Lagos at the time of the accident. We ask that the global Salvation Army comes together to offer prayers of love and support, remembering all those who have been promoted to glory, the bereaved and those injured receiving medical care. We hold them in our hearts and in our prayers.”

Some information sourced from Nigeria’s Independent newspaper


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