Thunder strikes three dead in Ogun

Three young men have been reportedly struck to death by thunder in the Ijebu Ode area of Ogun State.

It was gathered that they were struck to death around 3pm on Thursday by thunder during a downpour accompanied by thunderstorm.

The victims, who were on the same motorcycle when the rain started, had reportedly disembarked from it to seek shelter around the Equity (Gateway) Hotel in the town for the rain to subside.

Sources said they were struck to death simultaneously by thunder where they stood.

Another person, who was with them, was said to have fled the scene.

One of the sources said, “The incident is not ordinary as death by thunder is usually as a result of punishment for wrongdoing.”

Sympathisers were said to have thronged the scene to catch a glimpse of the victims.

Policemen in the town were said to have visited the scene, but refused to remove the corpses and stayed away from a bag belonging to one of them.

A resident said the policemen did not touch the corpses because the corpse of anyone killed by thunder could not be buried until after some traditional rites were done.

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