Lightening struck three persons dead in Afikpo, Afikpo North local government area of Ebonyi state.
It was gathered the lightening which struck around 3pm on Friday, occurred in Ngodo community during a downpour, which lasted for over five hours.
According to a resident of Afikpo, Iheukwumere Okogwu Otu, said one of the deceased is an indigene of Cross River state who had been based in the area for years.
“Yes, it is true that lightening killed three persons in our place. There was a heavy rainfall that day which was accompanied by serious thunder.
“The lightening killed the three persons at a spot and it occurred in two different places. It killed two in Ngodo community and another person in another place.
“One of those that were killed is from Cross River state who settled in Afikpo,” he explained.
Another resident, Eze Christian Egwu told The Nation that the heavy downpour started about 10am on the fateful day.
He noted the rain was so heavy that residents couldn’t venture out.
Egwu, the Youth President of Egeburu-Amaokwiri in the area, however disclosed that only two persons died in the incident.