Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State, has expressed grief over the tragedy that struck Tansi International College Onitsha, following the death of three of its students as a result of thunder strike that hit the school on Saturday.
The Governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Christian Aburime, described the unfortunate incident as “a heart-wrenching moment for Anambra State and its government.”
The statement said that “Gov. Soludo who has also lately lost his own father at the age of 92, 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 following 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 statement added.
“May the departed souls rest in eternal peace, and may solace find its way to the hearts of the grieving families, the Tansi International College community, and the entirety of Anambra State.”
The deceased include 16-year old Obi Francis Chukwunwuike from Nteje, Anambra State; 16-year old Obeta Michael Uchechukwu from Nsukka; Enugu State; and nineteen-year-old Usulor Chidubem Emmanuel from Ezza, Ebonyi State.