Thunderbolt kills two in Niger state

Pogo community, in the Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State, was thrown into mourning on Friday when a thunderbolt killed two residents.


The victims were a 25-year-old man, Aliyu Salihu, and a 13-year-old pupil of an Islamic school, identified simply as Abbas.

Both victims reportedly died on the spot when the thunderbolt struck around 8 pm after a drizzle.

The victims were said to have been harvesting mangoes when the tragedy happened, as revealed Mallam Makeri Salihu, the father of one of the victims.

He said, “There was an electric spark and a heavy thunderstorm, which shook the entire community. People were screaming in front of my house and when I rushed out , I saw three people lying on the ground under the mango tree. Abbas and my son, Aliyu, died on the spot, but Abdullahi was injured.”

Makeri showed our correspondent the place where the victims met their deaths when our correspondent visited the community.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, said the incident was not reported to the police.

He said, “I am not aware of the incident; it was not reported to us.”

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