About 20-feet tall tree has been destroyed by lightning during a rainfall in Umuorie Ajatanaigu Oboro, in Ikwuano LGA of Abia State.
The lightning also shook foundations of some buildings and cracked a wall of a house in the community.
It was told by some natives of Umuorie that the tree, before its destruction, was allegedly used by some evil men in the community to perform one form of ritual or the other, which according to them, hampered the progress of many youths in the village.
The villagers claimed that previous efforts to uproot the tree by some villagers were not successful until the ‘divine intervention’.
They noted that the ‘divine intervention was God’s own way of liberating them from bondage.
However, some villagers dismissed the claims that the destroyed tree was evil, insisting that the lightning was just a natural event that happened during a rainfall.
But addressing his subjects on the development, the traditional ruler of Ajatanaigu autonomous community, King Larry Ogbonnaya Agwu warned evil men and women in his kingdom to confess and repent from their evil ways.
King Larry vowed that his people would go to God in prayers to expose men of darkness, even as he advised evil persons to confess and turn a new leaf or await the wrath of the gods of the land.
The monarch decried poor conditions of some of his subjects, especially the youths who he said, now survived through commercial motorcycle business and other menial jobs.