Govt reacts as Two Residents drowned in Ondo River

This is coming barely a week after two motorcyclists were swept away by flood from torrential rain at Oka area of the town, making victims to be four in number.

An eyewitness identified the two victims, a fisherman, Godstime James aged 34 and a labourer, Boluwaji Akinade, aged 35.

They reportedly drowned at Arigba river behind Saint Andrews Grammar School, along Sir Olabanji Akingbule road, Arigbabola street, Ondo at about 6.30am on Thursday.

It was gathered that the fisherman had gone to the river bank to fish while the labourer also went to the river to pack sands.

Their lifeless bodies were later recovered by local divers invited by the people in the area.

It was learnt that the fisherman was standing by the river bank to catch fish while the labourer was equally packing sand to sell when the unfortunate incident occurred.

The fisherman who reportedly started sinking raised alarm and the labourer who was near rushed to rescue him but also fell into the river and they both drowned.

An eyewitness, Christianah Olugbenga said: “One of the victims was fishing in the river and the other one was packing sand at the other side of the river.

“The one fishing started sinking into the river and shouted for help. The other victim rushed there to save him. But in the process of trying to rescue him, he too drowned in the river.

The council chairman, of Ondo West Local Government, Mr Ebenezer Akinsulire who visited the scene of the tragedy, consoled with the people who lost their loved ones to the unfortunate incident.

Akinsulire who assured the people that steps would be taken to forestall such incidents from happening again, added that the appropriate quarters would be informed of the tragedy caused in the town as a result of incessant flooding in the town.

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