A middle aged herbalist has been reportedly struck to death by thunderstorm at Aramoko-Ekiti in Ekiti West Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
Newsflash247 gathered that the incident took place on Sunday during a heavy downpour at his rented apartment located in Oke-Oja area of the town.
A community source, who craved anonymity, identified the victim as Babatunde Sule.
He was said to be a staff of Ekiti State House of Assembly Commission.
It was gathered the rain, which started at about 4:30pm accompanied with heavy thunder storm at frequent interval, caused panic in the town.
The late Sule until his untimely death was a renowned traditionalist and chieftain of a traditional worshippers’ association in the community.
It was learnt the torrential downpour had forced everybody indoors which deafening thunder spark, which was reported to have entered the deceased’s home and struck him in the chest right where he was cooking in the kitchen.
A close source, who lives within the same compound with the deceased, was said to have been terrified by the intensity of thunder strike and had to run into the kitchen.
The source unfortunately saw his lifeless body on the ground.
The source said: “The unfortunate incident took everybody in the town unawares, because the victim was a notable person in the town and immediately the news filtered into town, an attempt was made to contact some “Sango” worshippers and as well reported the matter to a divisional police station in the town”.
“The traditional rites have begun and it will last for seven days in the community, which is expected to be accompanied by heavy downpour in the area.
“This type of incident has never happened in this town. That is why everybody is panicking about it, “he said.
The traditional worshippers have begun the rites as at the time of filing this report.