Three persons were at the weekend struck dead by lightening in Afikpo, Afikpo North local government area of Ebonyi state.
It was gathered the incident occurred in Ngodo community during a downpour, which lasted for over five hours.
The lightening struck around 3pm last Friday killing three persons in different locations in the area.
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.
He said: “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 described the tragedy as unfortunate and first of its kind in the area.
Another resident, Eze Christian Egwu told The Nation 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 stated only two persons died in the incident.