From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Tension and fear of the unknown have continued to unsettle Otu – Jeremi Community in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State as its residents fled their various homes following the death of three persons by thunder strike during a heavy rainfall.
Hundreds of indigenes in Otu-Jeremi Community in the early hours of Wednesday, eyewitness Mariam Jacob said, were packing out of their homes for fear of the unknown, while relations of the victims, many of whom are still in tears over what they described as taboo and abomination in Out- Jeremin kingdom since its creation some years ago.
Some of the residents who spoke to journalists in the area on condition of anonymity said, “ we need to relocate elsewhere for our lives, see how thunder strike killed three people just like that, how are we sure we are safe in this community where witchcraft dominated everywhere and everyone running in confusion.”
It was gathered that thunder strike on Wednesday evening at about 3pm killed three persons after a down pour of rainfall between Otu-Jeremi community and Udu town as the victims were identified as Mathew Utuama younger brother of the former Deputy Governor of the state, Professor Amos Aigbe Utuama, Emeruo Tebite, also a relation to a lawmaker at the state House of Assembly, and another whose name could not be ascertained as at the time of this report.
Acting Police Public Relations Officer in the State, ASP Chucks Orisewezie who confirmed the death of the victims, said they were allegedly taking refuge somewhere following a heavy rainfall that was accompanied by thunder strike action, adding that there corpses were taken to the state central hospital mortuary.
Some elders of the community who spoke to journalists on condition of anonymity described the situation as taboo and pathetic, saying that the deceased cannot be bury anywhere in the community as Investigation was on going to know the root cause of the thunder strike.
While tears have continued to flow freely at various residences of the victims, sources who witnessed the incident gave the names of the victims as Mathew Utuama, Emeruo Tebite both indigenes of Otu Jeremi Community, while the third person was said to be a visitor from Onitsha in Anambra State.