Lightning kills soon-to-wed, injures others in Edo

At least one person was reportedly killed when lightning struck on Aibanegbe Street, Off New Lagos Road, Benin City, Edo State.

The deceased is a middle-aged man, popularly called MC, whose wedding is on the way.

The incident, which happened during a downpour on Wednesday, also left several others injured with lacerations in their hands and legs.

A resident, who identified himself as Ajibola, said, “The victims ran to the point where Okada riders stay to pick and drop passengers when the lightning struck and the man died while others sustained injuries.

“The young man was popular on our street and I was told he recently went for introduction ahead of his coming marriage. My last born was close to him because he was a friendly person. It was because of that people on the street said Okada riders should not work today.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Kontongs Bello, could not reached for comments.

But a senior police officer said, “We have yet to get that report but I suspect that the family would report to the police station close to the area and the DPO will definitely brief the Commissioner of Police later on.”


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