The Enugu Police Command has confirmed the death of a resident of Ogbozinne community in Nkanu West Local Government Area who died as a result of cannon shot.
According to Police spokesman SP Ebere Amaraizu the incident took place on March 11.
Amaraizu disclosed that the community had since been thrown into a mourning mood when a cannon gun allegedly exploded and pierced through the back of the operator.
He added that the cannon operator was later confirmed dead by a doctor on duty in a general hospital in the area.
“On the fateful day, Mrs Blessing Ogbodo from Ogbata village of Ogbozinne community had hired the deceased who was identified as Kenneth Ogbodo to fire a cannon gun for the celebration of her shrine.
“It was further gathered that in course of igniting the cannon for explosion, the first cannon allegedly exploded and pierced through his 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,’’ he said.
Amaraizu said that investigation had commenced into the unfortunate incident.