Lightning Strike Kills 1, Injures 3 In Benue

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A lightning strike in Benue has reportedly killed one, causing
injury and damage to three other persons and the office of a
district head.

The unusual incident was said to have occurred at Asukunya
and Annune, headquarters of Tarka Local Government Area
of Benue State, on Thursday and Friday.

An eye witnesses who spoke with Sunday Newswatch said it
was drizzling at about 11pm when lightning struck one
Aondowase Uloho and killed him and injured three other
persons of the same family at Asukunya.

It was also gathered that at Annune, a number of buildings
including that of a district head were destroyed as people
scampered for safety at about 10 am.

Sunday Newswatch learnt that those injured were treated in
a nearby hospital and discharged at the weekend while
members of the family were making arrangements for the
burial of the deceased, Uloho.

Information officer of the local government, Bem Agbuku,
told our correspondent that the thunder destroyed the office
of the district head of Ityoiya in Annune and described it as
a natural disaster.

Agbuku said the council chairman had sympathised with
the district head and members of the deceased’s family and
prayed for the repose of Uloho’s soul.

When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel
Ezeala, said the command had no report on that matter. It
would be recalled that six weeks ago, thunder struck in
Gboko and killed a barber and a woman pounding yam.