Easter: Owerri seminarian slumps, dies during 'Passion of Christ' drama

The drama narrates the activities about how Jesus Christ was crucified.
Easter: Owerri seminarian slumps, dies during 'Passion of Christ' drama
Claratian University, Owerri File

A Seminarian, Suel Ambrose, of the Claratian University of Nigeria, Nekede, in Owerri, Imo State capital on Friday slumped and died while taking part in a drama on campus.

The PUNCH gathered that the deceased who hails from Benue State was dramatising the role of the biblical Peter in the 'Passion of Christ' when the incident occurred.

A student who simply identified himself as Mavis said the 25-year-old first-year student of Philosophy died on the spot.

Mavis said, “He was playing the role of the biblical Peter in the dream and that process when Peter cut the ear of one of the soldiers and Jesus fixed the ear and ask Peter to let them do their wish. You know how passionate the play is.

“So when the soldiers chase the disciples to drive them away from Jesus, the young man fell on the floor and started bleeding. We took him to our school hospital and the doctors did their best but he was not responding to treatment. We took him to the Federal Medical Center in Owerri where he was pronounced dead.

“The drama was in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in respect to the Easter celebration. He was born in 1997. He is a year one student and had the dream of becoming a priest in the Catholic church.”

As of Saturday morning, the school premises was quiet with no activity taking place amidst Easter celebration following the incident in the school.

When contacted, the priest in charge of Student Formation in the university, Fr Chukwuemeka Iheme, said that the institution would brief the public after the “authority gives us permission to do so.”

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