How student slumped, died acting Easter passion play

By Orowo Victoria Ojieh

A 25-year-old Nigerian student has slumped and died while playing the role in the reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Suel Ambrose, a student of philosophy at Clariantian University in Nigeria (CUN), Nekede, Owerri, startled the audience who thought his slump was part of the Easter passion play.

The seminarian fell to the ground after the Biblical scene where he cuts the ear of one of the soldiers in an effort to prevent Jesus’ arrest and was immediately rushed to the hospital but later gave up the ghost.

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“Initially when it happened we thought it was a joke, and that it was part of the drama,” a witness at the university said “It was when he could not get up that was when we knew it was a serious matter. “Everybody came together and rushed the deceased to a school hospital and later, when the case became worse, he was taken to a nearby Federal Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.”

The incident caused panic among the seminarians and put all Easter activities and celebrations in the school on hold.

The priest in charge of students affairs in the university, Fr Chukwuemeka Iheme, who confirmed the incident, said that he could only speak when authorised to do so.

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