What was meant to herald celebration at a rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) brought death and threw a community into mourning.

It was long they heard that local cannon killed someone. It has occurred before their very eyes and it sent wave of cold emotions down their spines and also triggered protest.

This Christmas will be a sad one for residents of Kwale in Ndokwa West Local Government Area, Delta State.

A middle-aged man identified as Jerry, who was a member of their community, was killed by the cannon at the grand finale of the PDP’s local government elections flag-off which was attended by the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa.

Late Jerry, who got married last year, was attending the ceremony held on Thursday when the cannon was ignited to usher in Governor Okowa to the arena and then tragedy struck.


The cannon shot, it was alleged, also inflicted injuries on two other persons, a man and a woman.

Irate youths from Kwale community stormed the Kwale Township Stadium to protest the death of the young man and ordered everyone to evacuate the arena, as they chanted war songs and blamed the organisers of the campaign rally for the unfortunate incident.

By the time the Delta State Governor climbed the stage to address party faithful, the Stadium was virtually empty as everyone including top government functionaries had evacuated the venue in fear of being attacked by the irate youths.

The father of the deceased was seen at the venue of the rally wailing and lamenting over the death of his son while the Member representing Ndokwa Ukwani Federal Constituency, Honourable Nicholas Ossai Ossai tried to console him. The entire community has been thrown into mourning.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa before leaving the venue described the event as unfortunate and directed the leadership of the party in the local government to investigate the matter and advice government appropriately.

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The Governor's convoy was delayed at the Stadium due to increasing tension in the community.

Security was beefed up by officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force who tried to dispel the irate youths who were already mobilising to possibly cause mayhem.

The local cannon in Delta State is like a hollow pipe blocked at one end with a pointed sharp tip that is usually stock into the ground with the hollow side above the earth surface. This hollow part is loaded with gun powder and red sand.

It is usually ignited with fire and gun powder ran in line to where the cannon was stuck to the ground. The fire ignites and then a sound of explosion is heard.

At the point of explosion, the cannon, if not well stuck to the ground could pop out and hit anyone around the area, but this circumstance really happens.

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