Redeemed Pastor, 2 children drown in pool

A Nigerian-born Briton and his two children who drowned in a resort swimming pool on the Costa del Sol on Christmas Eve have been named by Spanish police.
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.
Police say they are checking claims the young girl got into difficulties and the other two died trying to save her.
The church where Mr Diya was a pastor has paid tribute to him on Facebook.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) said in a post: “With heavyhearts, we extend our condolences to the family, parish, friends and associates of Area Pastor Gabriel Diyawho sadly passed away, along with twoof 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 church said Mr Diya was also the parish pastor at Open Heavens based in Charlton, south east London, and he was survived by his wife, assistant pastor Olubunmi Diya, and another daughter.

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