A cannon gun operator, Kenneth Ogbodo has died after he attempted to shoot the weapon during an event to celebrate a shrine.
The Police in Enugu State which confirmed the incident said the local cannon shot killed its operator in Ogbozinne community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state.
Enugu Police Command spokesman, 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 a mourning mood when the 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.
“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.