3 pupils drown in Ebonyi

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Nabob Og­bonna, Abaka­liki

Three pri­mary school chil­dren yes­ter­day drowned in the Ebia River in Egugwu Ag­baja, Abaka­liki LGA of Ebonyi State. Kings­ley Nwenyi (12), Obinna Nwenyi (6) and Som­tochukwu Og­bonna (11) drowned when they went to swim in the river af­ter school. They lived in the same com­pound at N0. 19 Ikechukwu Og­baga Street. Two were from the same mother said to be a widow while the third was the land­lord’s child.

Two other kids who went with them to the river re­fused to swim along. They raised the alarm that at­tracted neigh­bours who tried in vain to res­cue the chil­dren. The fa­ther of Som­tochukwu, Mr. Sa­muel Og­bonna, told Daily Trust that his death was dev­as­tat­ing as he was his last born.

Our cor­re­spon­dent gath­ered that in­ci­dences of drown­ing in the par­tic­u­lar river have be­come a yearly oc­cur­rence with the high­est num­ber so far recorded this year. Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer ASP Chris Anyanwu when con­tacted said he was yet to re­ceive de­tails though he heard of it.

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