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Lightning kills eight-year-old in Bayelsa


An eight-year-old boy has been killed by lightning in Bayelsa State.

Stephen Akanama, a Junior Secondary School 1 pupil of Matha Day Secondary School, Imiringi, Ogbia council area was playing a football match on Wednesday with his mates during a thunderstorm when the lightning struck.

A family source, who spoke anonymously, said prior to the incident, the boy was indoors all through until when the heavy rainfall started.

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The source said, “I can’t say if he left home as the rain was about to begin. To our surprise, a woman rushed to the house to tell us that our brother was dead. I could not believe it and rushed to the scene.

“Upon sighting him on the ground, we rushed him to Christ the King hospital and he was confirmed dead on arrival.”

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Police spokesman Asinim Butswat said the incident had yet to be reported at the Kolo Divisional Headquarters which covers the area.