The Redeemed Christain Church of God (RCCG) has reacted to the death of a pastor and his two children in a swimming pool at the Costa del Sol, in the south of Spain on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24.
The church said the death of Pastor Gabriel Diya, 52, and his two children at the resort is tragic.
A post by the church on Facebook said the RCCG extends its condolences to the family, parish, friends and associates of area pastor Gabriel Diya who sadly passed away alongside his two children.
According to the church, the incident occurred while the Diya family were vacationing in Spain leaving the pastor’s wife and one other child devastated.
RCCG said: “With heavy hearts, we extend our condolences to the family, parish, friends and associates of area pastor Gabriel Diya who sadly passed away, along with two of his children… in a tragic incident while on a family holiday in Spain.”
It further added that the church is offering prayers for the Diya family and the parishes that were under his supervision. “At this very difficult time, our prayers are for Pastor Gabriel Diya’s family, the parishes that were under his supervision, friends, associates, members of RCCG and the general public,” the church said.
Gabriel Diya, his 16-year-old son, Praise Emmanuel and 9-year-old daughter, Comfort, drowned inside the swimming pool in the Costa del Sol resort in Southern Spain on December 24.
The pastor was on a family vacation with his wife and their children. Unfortunately, his daughter Comfort got into difficulty while playing in one of the 21 swimming pools in the resort.
His wife, Olubunmi, who was with them prayed fervently as CPR was performed on her husband and children. Sadly, they were all confirmed dead by the doctors. Post-mortem examinations carried out on Christmas Day confirmed death by drowning.
After the incident, police carried out an investigation and could find nothing wrong with the pool’s filtration and pump system. The pool has since been reopened to the public.
Diya was also the Parish Pastor of Open Heavens, Charlton in London.