The Police in Enugu State says that a local cannon shot had killed its operator in Ogbozinne community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state.
A spokesman for Enugu State Police Command, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement on Thursday that the incident took place on March 11.
Amaraizu said that the community had since been thrown into mourning when a cannon gun allegedly exploded and pierced through the back of the operator.
The Police spokesman said that the cannon operator was later confirmed dead by a doctor on duty in a general hospital in the area.
According to him one Mrs Blessing Ogbodo from Ogbata village of Ogbozinne community had hired the deceased, Kenneth Ogbodo to fire a cannon gun for the celebration of her shrine but tragedy struck in the course of igniting it.
The first cannon allegedly exploded and piercing through Mr Ogbodo’s back. He was later confirmed dead by a doctor on duty at Agbani General Hospital, while his corpse was deposited at the mortuary of the hospital as well,’’
Amaraizu said that investigation into the unfortunate incident had commenced