A thunderstorm which struck at Utanga market in Obanliku local government area of Cross River state on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, reportedly left five people dead.
The thunderstorm incident which caused pandemonium in the area, left many believing it was an evil sign in the community. Facebook user, Anya Vincent who shared photos of victims of the incident, wrote;
A very strong calamity have bedeviled the Utanga community in obanliku LGA cross river state,as thunderstorm skilled 5 people’s in Utanga market.16/10/2018
Recall that few months ago, three persons, including a motorcyclist, were struck dead in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, by a thunderstorm yesterday followings hours of torrential rain that pounded the ancient town.
The victims who were in their 20s were riding on a motorcycle and elected to take cover in a solitary building along the former Gateway Hotel annex situated few metres from the residence of an ex-governor of the state, pending when the rain will subside, but the accompanying thunderstorm struck three of them dead.
It was learnt that the heavy storm hit the three simultaneously but a fourth person was lucky, and having been unaffected by the lethal impact, fled the scene. A sympathizer, Ridwan, identified one of the deceased as Ayo, who hailed from Imomo-Ijebu in Ijebu North East Local Government Area of the state.