Catholic priest with albinism dies after being struck by lightning in Benue

Lightning has reportedly killed a Catholic priest identified as Reverend Father Faustinus Ukenongo Gundu in Benue State, Nigeria.

According to multiple eyewitnesses, the clergyman born with albinism died on the spot after he was struck by lightning on Thursday, October 12.

The incident was said to have happened at his Parish, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jootar Mbaterem, Mbayenge Ward of Ukum Local Government Area.

Lightning strikes Catholic Priest

Olikita Ekani, a former media aide to the immediate past Benue governor, Samuel Ortom, shared the sad incident on his Facebook page.

He wrote; “Just in: Rev. Fr. Gundu slumps to death as thunder hits Jootar. Until his demise today, Rev fr. Faustinus Ukenongo Gundu (fondly called Albino) was the Parish Priest of St. Joseph Catholic Church Jootar, Ukum LGA of Benue State. May his soul rest in perfect peace!”

Another Facebook user, Emberga T. Joseph, posted in an FB group, Benue News Link Makurdi: “Black Thursday. Thunder lightning killed Rev FR. GUNDU (ABINO) Benue state Ukum LGA. Rest in peace.”

Also, one Aga Linus wrote on his Facebook page: “Just in, Thunder strike and killed the parish priest in charge of Jootar in Ukum LG Rev. Fr Gundu. May your soul rest in peace Rev.”

Many parishioners and other mourners flooded the comment sections of posts about to mourn the cleric who seemed to be loved.