Bauchi PFN Chairman, Rev. Emmanuel Ogbeba, Dies at 69

                                                  (Rev. Ogbeba)

Reverend Emmanuel Ogbeba, the Chairman of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bauchi State chapter, has passed on. He died at the age of 69. Before his death, he was the head of Potter’s House Church, Bauchi. He was also in the second year of his tenure as the Bauchi State PFN chairman.

He is an indigene of Agatu local government area of Benue State. According to reports, Ogbeba had been sick for a while. A source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that he died late Thursday night at about 11pm. But his death was not announced then because it was sensitive news.

The cleric’s death was announced on Friday morning. The source said that an emergency meeting was called by PFN at Harvest Field Church, Yelwa. The meeting was spearheaded by the Chairman of the Advisory Council, Rev. Nathaniel Odekunle. It was at the meeting that the death of Ogbeba was announced officially.

“Prominent pastors in the state were present. And from there, all of us moved to his house to greet them although a few family members were there. He has been in Ibadan, Oyo State, for about three weeks now and he was in the hospital receiving treatment,” the source added.

The source stated that the deceased was initially admitted at the Catholic Hospital in Bauchi for a while, where he was treated.

“They treated him there and he was a bit okay, but the doctors there still requested he should be monitored. So, they called Daddy G.O. (Pastor E.A. Adeboye, General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God) as the church has one big hospital in Ibadan.

“He (Daddy G.O.) made arrangements that they should fly him to Ibadan. He even made provision for his flight and everything and he was flown there and since then, he has been there until that yesterday night that he died.

“Rev. Nathaniel said during the meeting that he and some other senior pastors in the state spoke with him on phone around 10pm yesterday and they prayed with him.

“That it was about 30 to 45 minutes later that they called him that the man was gone. It is a very shocking news,” the source said.

The first son of the deceased, Pastor Jerry Ogbeba, confirmed the death of his father on his Facebook page. He posted:

“Smiling in Glory. Our father, Rev. Emmanuel Ogbeba, has gone to be with the Lord. Peaceful rest. We love you and wanted you to stay by all means, but God’s will prevails.”

Ogbeba is survived by his wife and five children.

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