9 burnt in mysterious gunpowder explosion

Nine persons were weekend, reported
to have been severely burnt on different parts of their bodies following a mysterious explosion
from a canon gun known as “Okpalali” at
Ekwetekwe community of Umuezeoka in Ezza
North Local government area of Ebonyi state.
The tragic incident which took place at Orie
market play ground in Ekwetekwe community
was said to have happened during the burial
ceremony of a community member, late Paul
Anyigor who died last month in a ghastly motor
accident.

Vanguard learnt that the deceased burial
ceremony which was suppose to be
accompanied with intermittent shooting of the
cannon gun in order to enliven the occasion
turned sour, when a native (name withheld) who
was preparing to shot the gun failed to
appropriately use an iron to press down the gun
powder into the canister.

According to report, the iron incidentally made
the gun powder in the canister to strike the
cannon, igniting a fire which led to an explosion
that burnt the nine persons, including children in the area.

The victims which include: Chikwado Ifere,
Nnenna Agbom, Nwafor Ogbonnaya, Nwafor
Ibeabuchi, Nweke Jacob, Nwokporo Emmanuel,
Nwokporo Chukwuemeka, Aluma Tochukwu and
Anyigor Chinedu were not essentially members
of the family of the deceased but sympathizers
who came to pay their respect to the Anyigor
family.

According to a source, the victims who were in a
critical condition when they were rushed to the
Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, FETHA had
been referred to the Orthopaedic hospital, Enugu
for thorough medical treatment.
Meantime, some elders who spoke with our
correspondent alleged that the incident occurred because of the flagrant disobedience to the tradition of Ezza land in the state, which
according to them, required that a man who did
not bury his father or mother with gunshots
should not be buried with same as they also
alleged that the deceased did not pay his last
respect to his late father with gunshot and
therefore same gesture shouldn’t have been
accorded to him.

“The tradition requires that a man who did not
bury his ancestor with a cow, goat and any other
thing should not be buried with all these things.
This is a man who did not shot cannon gun for
his late father when he died, but they even did
that for him before his arrival from the mortuary
to his compound.
He did not respect the tradition of the land.
Therefore, the deceased can only have a
gunshot only when he must have been laid to
rest and not before; that was why the gunshot
they were preparing caught fire and burnt nine
persons” they insisted. Ends

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