Illinois, Chicago, USA : A Nigerian Catholic priest identified as Reverend Father Collins Ekpe has died in Chicago in the United States, leaving his friends, colleagues and supporters in mourning. The decedent was the pastor of St. Kizito Catholic Church in the Kuje area of Abuja from 2008-2013 before he moved to the United States to study.
According to Jacob Ugwuoke, a friend and classmate of the late priest, Father Collins died after he entered his room in Chicago to study and never left alive.
The true cause of his death has not yet been determined, since some have attributed it to illness.
Jacob Ugwuoke, based in Illinois, Chicago, took to Facebook to share the sad news. He wrote;
He is a classmate and a priest friend. We got up on Sunday morning to hear that he entered his room and never left alive in Chicago, where he was studying. Please pray for the happy rest of your soul. Tears in my eyes.
Jasper Ofoma also wrote;
“The Death of Fr. Collins Ekpe CM is a big blow to the Nigerian community, Chicagoans and the people of Illinois and environs.
Father Collins was dedicated to the service of God and God used him to bless many of us.
His death will linger in our memories for years to come. God knows why he called him home so fast at a very young age. Death is a fact of life, iit is a transition according to African culture and belief. God has relieved him from earthly struggles, hurdles and sin. He is free now and resting in peace.
My brethren, cry no more because Father Collins Ekpe is with the Lord now. I will leave us with this Bible Verse.
Jesus said to her, ” I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live.
This is very good news for us, Father Collins Ekpe is dead but he lives according to John 11:25”
May his soul rest in peace.