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Saturday, 28 September 2013
Two School Pupils Swept Away by Flood In Ondo State
flood in Akure
Two Primary School pupils have been killed in Akure, Ondo State, after a three-day heavy downpour flooded some parts of the state capital.
Police in the state said that the two boys Adebori Timilehin, 5 and Olugbenga Martins, 6 are cousins and were returning from school when the flood swept them away, drowning them.
Their bodies were discovered by men of the State Fire Brigade after three days of intensive search inside the Elegbin river.
It was gathered that they reside with their Grandmother at No 14 Familusi street, Akure.
The tragedy is coming on the heels of a Save Our Soul (SOS) call by the state government to the Ecological Department of the presidency over the menace of flood across the state.
Speaking during an inspection of the havoc wrecked by the rainfall in Ondo town, Commissioner for Environment Sola Ebiseni said the government had at various times made representations to the ecological funds department of the presidency over the funding of its environmental related projects.
Confirming the incident, Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Wole Ogodo said that the proprietress of Newlife Academy, Idanre road, Akure Mrs Bola Olufemi reported that two pupils of her school had been swept away by the flood.
It was discovered that the pupils were rushing home because of the rain only to be swept away by the flood occasioned by the heavy downpour.
Ogodo, however said detectives are investigating the incident to know if the death of the pupils was as a result of the negligence of the school authorities.