It is thought that anybody who approaches the dead body before a ceremony is completed to purify the scene of the occurrence as well as the corpse itself would be hit by thunder or suffer other spiritual consequences.
The corpse was wrapped in plantain leaves when Citi News arrived at the scene on Tuesday, a day after the event, and the metal basin, which was believed to hold the coconuts he was selling, was laying next to him.
It’s unknown who will execute the ceremony and when the deceased’s remains will be removed from the location for an examination and potential burial.
“They have been selling coconut for some time now. But today I was at work when I received a call about lightning striking my son. I came here only to see the boy on the floor lifeless. My brother takes care of coconuts for people, so they pluck from him also.
“But I don’t know what happened here. There has never been a problem in his selling. I’m still shocked and can’t understand this happening,” the teary bereaved woman lamented.
Two others who were also affected by the incident were rushed to the hospital where they are reportedly responding to treatment.