Two persons have been killed by lightening over the weekend during a heavy downpour in Odda Quarters in Ayetoro Gbedde, Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State.
The two deceased were Wale Ayeku, a middle age man and Joseph fondly called J-Boy.
According to eyewitnesses, the deceased persons were both having shelter in a Local “Game-Joint” not too far from where both of them resides, where they met their untimely dealth.
Eyewitnesses said, they were Nine of them under a Tree, where young people usually meet to play “snooker Game” during the evening time.
“when the rain started we were all happy because we have had scarcity of rains this year, but the thunder and lightning that accompanied the rain scared everyone.
“It was not quite long after the rain started that we heard loud screams and wailing which compelled people to scamper for safety.
“In the mist of that confusion, we discovered that the nine victims were struck down by the lightning, while Seven other persons survived with injuries.
“It was a sorry sight. But we managed to render assistance by taking one of them(Wale) to a nearby hospital for medical attention, which was however too late because he was already dead.”
It was also gathered that the community believes there’s a spiritual root cause of the tragic event, which they hope to know in seven days time according to the Sango-Priest.
When contacted, the Traditional ruler, The Olu of Ayetoro Gbedde, HRM Sunday Ehindero confirmed the incident.
He added that the council reported the incident to the police, and officers were quickly deployed to the area.