Sib­lings drown as rain­storm wrecks havoc in Ilorin

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Ilorin

Two chil­dren of the same par­ent drowned in Ilorin, Kwara State, dur­ing a storm that ac­com­pa­nied a heavy rain­fall on Wed­nes­day night.

The rain which started around 11 pm wrecked havoc in most parts of the state cap­i­tal with Offa garage be­ing the worst af­fected.

The kids sim­ply iden­ti­fied as Ab­dul­ga­far, who was five-years-old and his brother, three-year old Ab­dul­B­a­sit, drowned when a rented three-storey build­ing was sub­merged in flood along Omosebi area off Ajasse Ipo road in Ilorin.

Res­i­dents told Daily Trust that the flood was in­duced by the block­age of drainages around the area which pre­vented free flow of wa­ter to the nearby bridge.

Fences of most of the build­ings around the area in­clud­ing that of a ho­tel col­lapsed while big trees were up­rooted.

Our cor­re­spon­dent who vis­ited the area yes­ter­day re­ports that parts of the bridge col­lapsed while many pri­vate and commercial ve­hi­cles were dam­aged.

Corpses of the two kids were said to have been taken to their fam­ily house within Ilorin me­trop­o­lis for burial when Daily Trust vis­ited the place.

None of the re­la­tions in­clud­ing their grand­mother whom they were liv­ing with was on ground as they were said to have re­lo­cated to a yet-to-be-iden­ti­fied fam­ily house.

All other oc­cu­pants of the build­ing who were mostly Ibo busi­ness­men were af­fected by the flood as their property, wares and shops were de­stroyed.

One of the oc­cu­pants of the build­ing, Mr. Ni­cholas Kooms told Daily Trust that when the chil­dren were re­cov­ered, they were rushed to a nearby hospi­tal where they were both con­firmed dead.

A shop owner, Bo­laji Bamg­bola, who deals in air con­di­tion­ers’ parts said all his property were lost to the flood. The vic­tims called for govern­ment’s in­ter­ven­tion.

Of­fi­cers and men of the state po­lice com­mand, Civil De­fence Corps, Road Trans­port Man­age­ment Author­ity (KWARTMA) were on ground to pro­vide se­cu­rity and con­trol the traf­fic.

Many res­i­dents of Ilorin who trooped to the scene to as­sess the enor­mity of dam­age blamed the sit­u­a­tion on lack of ef­fec­tive drainage sys­tem along the area.

State Com­mis­sioner for En­vi­ron­ment and Forestry, Al­haji Abubakar Mora, vis­ited the scene to as­sess the level of dam­age and pledged govern­ment’s in­ter­ven­tion.

Po­lice spokesman, Mr. Okasanmi Ajayi, con­firmed the in­ci­dent, say­ing of­fi­cers of the com­mand were on ground to pro­vide se­cu­rity.

PHOTO Felix Onig­binde

Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan (left) with FCT Min­is­ter Se­na­tor Bala Mo­hammed, at the com­mis­sion­ing of the Phases 3 and 4, 20 mil­lion litres lower Us­man Dam wa­ter treat­ment plant in Bwari Area Coun­cil, Abuja yesteray.

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