- Three killed in fire at abandoned Melbourne factory
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday showered encomium on the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Worldwide, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, as he clocks 75 on Thursday, March 2, 2017.
The Governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, described Pastor Adeboye as a minister of God who has over the years exhibited an unrivalled passion to expand the work of God and humanity at large.
Governor Ambode said that aside the fact that Pastor Adeboye has distinguished himself as one of the most revered clerics in Nigeria’s Christendom, he is a father figure to millions of people across the world due to his virtues of honesty, peace, patience, contentment, humility and diligence.
“Pastor Adeboye is no doubt a man of many parts. His simple life of transparency, openness, truth and grace make him one outstanding personality worthy of reference. He is indeed God’s precious gift to the nation. It is indeed the mercies of God that has kept him waxing stronger and aging with grace.
“For many of us who had the privilege of being taught and nurtured by Pastor Adeboye, we were always motivated by the way he delivered the Word in his unique and eloquent manner. Even at 75, he is still carrying on strong and spreading the gospel of Christ at every given opportunity,” he said.
Governor Ambode, while wishing him a happy 75th birthday, also prayed that the Almighty God will grant Pastor Adeboye long life and more strength to continue to be a role model to the body of Christ.
In the meantime, three people have died in a suspicious fire that tore through an abandoned factory in Melbourne, Australia.
Firefighters were called around 23:30 (12:30 GMT) on Wednesday after reports of an explosion.
It took them 40 minutes to extinguish the blaze before finding three bodies inside. Local media say the victims are believed to be two men and a woman.
The factory was often used as a shelter by homeless people.
Arson experts will investigate the cause of the fire, police said.
One witness, taxi driver Mohamed Ali, said he had heard screams coming from the factory in Footscray, in the city’s west.
“A few minutes later I saw the fire engines come,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.
“For me, it’s a horrible situation because we couldn’t help. I haven’t seen anything like this in my whole life. I’m not feeling good.”
Prominent Melbourne youth worker Les Twentyman said homeless people often took refuge at the site.
“There is a little alcove near the car park – people sleep in that little alcove,” he told the Herald Sun.
“It just shows how desperate they are.”
The site was originally Victoria’s largest ropeworks and operated from 1903 to 2002. After the factory shut, the state government backed plans to build a large apartment complex on the site.
Upshot with additional report from BBC