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An Enugu community has been thrown into a state of mourning as a falling palm tree has killed its owner. The incident took place at Imufu Community in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State. The victim, Chukwujama Eze, of Umuojobo clan, was said to have met his death when a palm tree he had sold to a palm-wine tapper from a neighbouring village was being uprooted

The deceased, vanguard reports, was asked to assist in pulling a rope tied to the palm frond to guide it to a predetermined position. In Southeastern Nigeria, palmwine tappers usually uproot some palm trees and tap them as ground wine.

However, Eze, aged about 80 years had after selling his palm tree to the new owner, was pulling it towards a predetermined position when the palm tree began to fall towards his direction.

An eyewitness said that while other natives who were pulling the palm tree along with Eze ran for safety, the deceased could not run as fast as the others and was consequently hit by one of the palm fronds, killing him instantly.

The new owner of the palm tree later reported the incident at the Enugu Ezike Divisional Headquarters of the Nigerian Police, Ogrute and he was promptly detained.

The remains of the deceased have been deposited at the Enugu Ezike General Hospital for autopsy, while the investigation is continuing over the incident.

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