Farmer drowns in Gwag­wal­ada river

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

Aveg­etable and sugar cane farmer drowned in a river on Tues­day, while his 22-year-old son sur­vived, at the Old Ku­tunku vil­lage, Gwag­wal­ada Area Coun­cil.

A res­i­dent of the com­mu­nity who pre­ferred anonymity told our re­porter yes­ter­day that the in­ci­dent hap­pened at about 6:42 pm.

He said the de­ceased, whose name is yet to be es­tab­lished, boarded a ca­noe along with his son to cross the river but the ca­noe hit a log of wood.

He said the de­ceased had loaded veg­eta­bles and sugar cane in the ca­noe.

“It was in the process of cross­ing the river after load­ing the ca­noe with sugar cane and veg­eta­bles that the ca­noe cap­sized after hit­ting a log. Luck­ily, how­ever, his son sur­vived after he swam and held onto a tree,” he said.

He said the corpse of the de­ceased was later re­cov­ered by some fish­er­men yes­ter­day morn­ing and had been buried ac­cord­ing to Is­lamic rites.

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