Four persons have been reportedly killed by a thunderbolt in Ago Dada community in the Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The deceased, who were youths, were killed when the thunderbolt struck during a rainfall in the village.
A source said the incident caused panic as residents pondered why the youth, who were non-indigenes of the area, died instantly.
The PUNCH reports that some traditionalists arrived at the scene to perform some burial rites for the victims.
An indigene, who chose to be anonymous, claimed that a disagreement occured between the indigenes and non-indigenes in the village over the incident which occurred on Wednesday.
“The non-indigenes of the village challenged the indigenes on why thunderbolt killed only settlers. The matter almost resulted in a free fall all between the two groups but it was later resolved,” the resident said.
Confirming development of the incident, the State police spokesperson, Mrs. Funmilayo Odunlami, said the incident didn’t lead to a breakdown of law and order.
She said; “I can confirm to you that four youths were killed by a thunderbolt in the village. But there was no protest leading to another death in the village. Maybe there was an argument when the families of those affected wanted to pick up the remains of the victims for burial. It was a painful thing,” Odunlami added.