3 teenagers drown in River Kaduna

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Chris­tiana T. Alabi, Kaduna

Three boys drowned in the River Kaduna where they went to take a bath Mon­day. They were among 10 teenagers from Abakpa area in Kaduna North who set out to the river along Hayin Dan­bushiya.

Our re­porter gath­ered that chil­dren from dif­fer­ent parts of the state, par­tic­u­larly Kaduna North, usu­ally go the river to bath and at­tempts to stop them had al­ways failed.

“Some chil­dren came to bath here on Mon­day and three of them got drowned. Ini­tially we didn’t know about the in­ci­dent un­til the par­ents came look­ing for them yes­ter­day morn­ing. When the Sarkin Ruwa came, he went to the part of the river where the chil­dren had their bath and started the search. They were able to re­move two corpses but it took a long time be­fore the third was found,” Ab­dul­hadi Maiyashi, a wit­ness, said.

He ad­vised par­ents to al­ways cau­tion their wards against go­ing to bath in the river be­cause of its depth. “Some par­ents get an­gry when we chase their wards away from the river or beat them. Par­ents need to know where their wards are at ev­ery point in time be­cause some chil­dren fol­low their friends to the river with­out their par­ents’ knowl­edge”, he said.

“The child whose body was first re­moved may be around 14 years, the sec­ond one, 17 while the third is about 13 years,” he said.

In a chat with Ma­gaji Sarkin Ruwa, he said the three corpses were re­moved from the river and handed over to their par­ents for burial ac­cord­ing to Is­lamic rites. He ad­vised par­ents to co­op­er­ate with fish­er­men and sand sell­ers by the river to en­sure that chil­dren don’t go to the river.

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