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Boy, 15, struck dead by thunderstorm



IT was an unpleasant event at Ama Egbu, Ede Oballa, Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, as Chinonso Ezema, a 15-year-old boy was struck to death by thunderstorm.

  Chinonso, who was a Junior Secondary School 3 student of Community School, Ede Oballa, according to sources, was fixing a metal which channels rainwater into the tank in his house on a rainy evening when he was struck by thunder and he died instantly.

  National Light gathered that the elder brother, Nwachukwu Ezema, said that their family was still in shock of what happened.

  His words, “It was in the evening after a heavy downpour when my phone rang and I was summoned to come home.

  “On getting home, I noticed a crowd of people in a state of confusion, running helter-skelter in our compound to salvage a situation; that was when I discovered the lifeless body of my younger brother lying on the floor.

 “I was told that he was trying to fix a metal which collects water into our tank and he was struck by thunder.

  ”We are in deep mourning but I know that God has a purpose for all our existence. I believe he has fulfilled his purpose in life; that was why God allowed this tragic incident to befall him. It is a bitter reality for me and the entire households to live with,” he said.

  However, National Light learnt that it is the second time in three weeks that thunderstorm would claim lives of children in Nsukka Local Government Area.

  The event was at Army Barracks three weeks ago, where two pupils, Nnadozie Asogwa, and Wilson Nnasom were struck to death by thunderstorm while trying to pluck mango fruits


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