UK-based Nigerian pastor, two daughters drown at resort on Christmas eve

A British-Nigerian pastor alongside his two children drowned in a resort swimming pool on the Costa del Sol on Christmas Eve.

Gabriel Diya, 52, his daughter Comfort Diya, 9, and his son Praise-Emmanuel Diya, 16, died in the pool at Club La Costa World, near Fuengirola in Spain.

According to the Police, it is alleged that the young girl got into difficulties and the other two died trying to save her.

The tragic incident has elicited reactions from different quarters, as sympathizers have began to pour in their tributes.

The church where Mr Diya was a pastor said its prayers were with the family.

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) said in a post on Facebook: “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.

“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 post added.

The UK Foreign Office said it was supporting a British woman in Spain, thought to be the children’s mother.

In a statement released on Thursday, the owners of Club La Costa World said the resort “continues to co-operate fully with the the authorities investigating this appalling tragedy”.

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