How 5 stu­dents drowned in River Kaduna

We’ve found two bod­ies – Po­lice

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Maryam Ah­madu-Suka & Chris­tiana T. Alabi, Kaduna

Fresh facts have emerged about how five stu­dents of Vic­tory In­ter­na­tional School, Ang­wan Yelwa, Kaduna, drowned in River Kaduna when their boat cap­sized dur­ing an ex­cur­sion on Wed­nes­day.

In­for­ma­tion gath­ered yes­ter­day in­di­cated that the stu­dents ar­rived the Kaduna State Wa­ter Board pump sta­tion, lo­cated around the Rail­way Sta­tion axis of Kaduna me­trop­o­lis, about 11am on Wed­nes­day ac­com­pa­nied by two staff of the school.

The vic­tims, all SSS 2 stu­dents, ac­cord­ing to a source, were four male and one fe­male, namely Priscilla Ro­ma­nia (fe­male), Good­ness Aromilade, Mon­day Umahi, Joseph Bene­dict and David Ukegbu, aged be­tween 14 and 16.

The Kaduna Po­lice Public Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Aliyu Mukhtar, con­firmed the in­ci­dent to news­men and an­nounced yes­ter­day that two of the bod­ies had been found.

He said, “We were in­formed and we swung into ac­tion im­me­di­ately and we were able to res­cue some of those who drowned, in­clud­ing two teach­ers on Wed­nes­day. As we speak, we have re­cov­ered one body and we are about to re­cover an­other one we just dis­cov­ered float­ing at Ku­denda axis of the river, mak­ing it two bod­ies.”

Ear­lier, in his ca­pac­ity as DPO in charge of Kakuri Po­lice sta­tion, CSP Ben­shak Dakyer, said the iron boat which was used in mov­ing the stu­dents to the po­si­tion where wa­ter is pumped from, broke and the boat cap­sized.

He said ini­tially those that drowned were 10, but five were res­cued and had been treated and dis­charged from hospi­tal.

One of the res­cued vic­tims said he es­caped by cling­ing one of the iron sup­ports im­me­di­ately after the ac­ci­dent. “I then man­aged to come out by swim­ming. My friends were also try­ing to come out but the pres­sure of the wa­ter was much, so they could not,” he said.

Ear­lier, un­of­fi­cial re­port said the stu­dents and their teach­ers had vis­ited the wa­ter board at Malali, from where they were plan­ning to cross the river on a light boat.

“They vis­ited wa­ter board dur­ing the ex­cur­sion and there­after, they were try­ing to cross to the other side of the river us­ing avail­able ca­noe. But due to the weight, the ca­noe cap­sized and all of them were af­fected. But peo­ple around who could swim saved some of them while oth­ers are still miss­ing,” a source had said.

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