Friday, May 23, 2014

Thunder Lightning kills Pregnant Woman In Benue State

Tragedy befell Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State, on Thursday, when a pregnant woman (names withheld) and a middle aged man, known as Barber were struck down by thunder lightning during a heavy downpour.

According to an eyewitnesses, Haanya Aondoakaa, the victims, who trade at a popular hotel on Gboko West area of the state had closed for day and were locking their shops when the misfortune happened.

He said they were simultaneously struck by the lightning at about 7:00 p.m.

"when the rain started we were all happy because we have had scarcity of rains this year, but the thunder and lightning that accompanied the rain scared everyone" he said.

"It was not quite long after the rain started that we heard loud screams and wailing which compelled people to scamper for safety.

"In the mist of that confusion, we discovered that the two victims had been struck down by the lightning. It was a sorry sight. But we managed to render assistance by taking them to a hospital for medical attention, which was however too late in coming because they were already dead" Aondoaka added.

Nahan Zenda, Gboko Local Government Area chairman confirmed the incident, saying they notified the police about the tragedy, and that some officers were swiftly deployed to the scene.


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