At least three persons were confirmed dead at Obollo Afor Market square in Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State, following a heavy rainfall which felled a tree reportedly used as a deity by the community.
The market, situated along the Enugu-Makurdi Expressway where the tree, known as Ukwuakpa fell, was said to be an outlet for Akatakpa masquerades during festive periods, even as residents have cried out over the nefarious activities of masquerades in the area who maim, rob and kidnap unsuspecting victims under its cloak.
An eyewitness told Vanguard that prayers had been said severally at the traditional shrine which the tree symbolises, following incessant attacks of masquerades on hapless residents.
Confirming the incident, Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Enugu Police Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, DSP, said the victims affected were a mother, daughter and mechanic.
“The incident occurred during a rainfall which killed a woman and her little baby, identified as Ijeoma Ojobor, and Chibueze Ojobor as well as a mechanic, also identified as Eze Romanus.
“The mechanic was taking his lunch in one of the shops around the tree when the tree fell. Some persons like one Obetta Ikechukwu were seriously injured and was rushed by sympathizers to the hospital at Obollo Afor where he is being treated,” the police spokesperson revealed.