A tragic incident occurred on Saturday in Okpuno, a town in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State, when three students were killed by lightning while playing football on the school field.
According to Newsflash Nigeria, the students were part of a group that was practising for a football tournament on the school’s pitch. The practice session had ended before the rain started, but some of the students decided to continue playing. Suddenly, lightning struck the field, accompanied by thunderstorms, and electrocuted the students.
An eyewitness told Punch that he heard the students screaming and running, and when he got to the field, he saw at least nine students shaking and twitching on the ground. He quickly alerted other people, who helped to rush the students to the school clinic, and from there to a hospital in Awka.
The hospital confirmed that three of the nine students were brought in dead, while six others were revived and are currently receiving treatment. The parents of the deceased and the survivors have been contacted and are in shock over the incident.
A resident of the town, Hope Egwu, said that the news of the accident spread around the community on Sunday and everyone was stunned. He said that it was unfortunate that the students were playing barefooted, which might have increased the impact of the lightning. He advised that students should always wear boots when playing on the field, especially during rainy seasons.