Light­ning strike kills 3 in Ogun

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Three uniden­ti­fied men, sus­pected to be in their early twen­ties, died on Thurs­day af­ter be­ing struck by light­ning fol­low­ing a down­pour in Ije­buOde, Ogun.

Ac­cord­ing to eye-wit­ness ac­counts, the in­ci­dent oc­curred on the Otunba Dipo Dina In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium road in Ijebu-Ode at about 3 pm dur­ing the down­pour.

The vic­tims, and a fourth per­son, had dis­em­barked from the mo­tor­cy­cles they were rid­ing on and ran to­ward a makeshift shel­ter for the rains to sub­side when tragedy struck.

The three vic­tims were said to have been hit while the fourth per­son took to his heels un­harmed.

The three corpses were still ly­ing at the spot as at the time of fill­ing this re­port.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that many by­standers re­frained from go­ing near the corpses for fear that the oc­cur­rence was re­lated to per­ceived ret­ri­bu­tion from Sango, be­lieved among the Yoruba to be the god of thun­der.

An eye wit­ness, who claimed anonymity, told NAN that the peo­ple be­lieve that any­one who died as a re­sult of light­en­ing was linked to pun­ish­ment for wrong do­ing.

“No one can touch or re­move their bod­ies un­til af­ter some tra­di­tional rites to ap­pease Sango are done,” the wit­ness said.

NAN re­ports that po­lice per­son­nel who vis­ited the scene also re­frained from mov­ing near the corpses as they mounted a perime­ter fence at the scene.

All ef­forts by NAN to speak with the Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer in Ogun, Abim­bola Oyeyemi, on the in­ci­dent proved fu­tile as he did not re­spond to calls made to his mo­bile phone line. (NAN)

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