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Thunder strikes herbalist dead in Ekiti

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A middle-aged herbalist was struck to death by thunder on Sunday in Aramoko in Ekiti State.

The victim, a staff of Ekiti State House of Assembly Commission, whose name was given as Babatunde Sule, was struck to death in his rented apartment located at Oke-Oja area of the town.

An eyewitness said the unfortunate incident occurred shortly after a heavy downpour which lasted for about two hours.

The eyewitness added that the herbalist until his untimely death was a notable traditionalist and a chieftain of the traditional worshippers association in the community.

“There was a thunder strike, which entered the deceased’s home and struck him in the chest right where he was cooking in the kitchen,” the eyewitness said.

“A person staying nearby within the same compound and who was said to have been terrified by the intensity of thunder strike had run into the kitchen to meet the deceased, but unfortunately he saw his lifeless body.

He added: “The unfortunate incident took everybody in the town unawares because the victim was a notable person in the town and immediately the news filtered into town, an attempt was made to contact some “sango” worshippers and as well reported the matter to a divisional police station in the town”.

“The traditional rites have begun and it will last for seven days in the community, which is expected to be accompanied by a heavy downpour. This type of incident has never happened in this town, that is why everybody is panicking.”


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