Anambra State Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo has expressed grief over the death of three students who were allegedly struck by lightning while playing football last weekend.
The students who were said to be of Tansi International College, Okpuno near Awka, were holding their football training in readiness for a friendly match with another school when they were struck by lightning during rainfall.
Soludo who spoke through his Press Secretary, Mr Christian Aburime said: “The governor extends his deepest condolences to the Tansi International College community, their grieving students, as well as the bereaved families who have lost their beloved three children.
“The death was caused by the devastating effects of electrostatic discharge from lightning that unfolded on the school grounds in Anambra State.
“Governor Soludo acknowledges the profound magnitude of this loss to the State and offers fervent prayers to the Almighty to grant both the school and the bereaved families the strength to endure this irreplaceable loss.
“To avert the possibility of such heartrending incidents in the future, Governor Soludo earnestly urges students to seek shelter indoors and abstain from outdoor activities once the rain begins to fall, as lightning can strike without warning.”
The governor gave the names of the deceased’s as Obi Francis Chukwunwuike from Nteje in Anambra State, Obeta Michael Uchechukwu, from Nsukka, Enugu State and Usulor Chidubem Emmanuel from Ezza, Ebonyi State.
The three students were aged 16 years and 19 years respectively.
They were among nine others who experienced the incident but could not make it alive.