A yet-to-be identified 11-year-old boy and his rescuer were swept away at the Aburo and Iyana-Ipaja axis of Lagos state today October 12th.
According to reports, the 11 year old boy and his sibling were sent by their parents to buy cooking gas. As they returned home, they unknowingly walked into an open drainage that was covered with flood water. It has been raining heavily in Lagos since 3am.
An OPC member popularly known as Wasiu Stubborn, heard the cry for help of the two boys and attempted to save them. Sadly, he was swept away in the process.
A Community Development Association leader in Oki Town, Solomon Agboghoroma, who confirmed the incident, said:
“This rain started almost four or five days ago but the one of last night was one of the heaviest and it started at about 2:15 a.m. and by 3:15 a.m., it came with full force and everywhere was flooded. Around 7:30 a.m. or 8:00 a.m., we learnt that an OPC member, who was a security guard in one of the gas stations here had been carried away by flood while trying to rescue two children who came to buy gas, but fell into the drain.
“The gas station had not opened because of the flood as the whole place including the canal had overflowed its banks. The children fell inside the gutter. This OPC boy went and rescued one but in the process of rescuing the second child, he and the boy fell into the canal and that was the end”.
Another eyewitness, Suleiman Adedokun, said Wasiu tried to save the little boy.
“Wasiu tried, succeeded in catching the second boy but his effort to come out of the drain proved futile as it was not easy for him due to the force of the water. It is the bad road and narrow culvert that caused these deaths because these two children that fell inside the drain didn’t know it was there as water covered everywhere”.