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Published On: Wed, Jul 18th, 2018

Protest in Edo as flood kills pupil

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By Osaigbovo Iguobaro Benin

A flood disaster that reportedly swept away a 6-year-old female pupil in Benin has sparked violent protest.
The tragedy occurred at a deep gully on Uselu-Lagos Road by Osasogie Street in Egor Local Government Area of the State on Monday afternoon, the day before her graduation.
The nursing mother with her two female children were said to have slipped into an uncovered road side drain which was filled to the brim with flood.
A scavenger identified as Mr. Mustapher who emerged from nowhere abandoned his truck and jumped into the uncovered drain and rescued the mother along with her 8-year-old daughter from the flood.
He said the other pupil identified as Latifa, was however swept away by the ravaging flood, while sympathizers wailed in anguish as the heavy downpour which began on Sunday night persisted.
Mustapher told our correspondent that the father of the child who is yet be accounted for, was attracted to the scene by a crowd around the Area while on his way home at about 4pm on Monday.
The mother of the victim identified as Latifa, who wept bitterly and mutter words, said: “I held him (victim) by the hand but he moved back and fell”.
She said as she attempted to save the her daughter and the child whom she held closely to her chest, she almost fell into the uncovered drainage.
The failure of the search party to locate the victim’s body at Ikpoba and Okhoro dams on Tuesday morning was alleged to have incensed angry residents in the area who set born fire and barricaded the expressway for several hours on Tuesday.
The residents blamed the government of not the safety of pedestrians during get the construction of the six lanes.
It was learnt that business activities were grounded while officials of Edo State Management Agency (EDSTMA) and other road users meander through alternate routes to their destinations during the riot.
Several mourners have been trooping to the residence of the bereaved family at No. 22, Iyesigie Street, off Uselu Lagos road who had deserted their home.
A middle-aged woman who preferred to be anonymous, told our Correspondent that the family was yet to return home from undisclosed from hospital in Benin.
The woman who said the family parked into the premises three months ago.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Chidi Nwabuzor, could not be reached for comments.
It was gathered that security operatives had been deployed to the scene to restore calm.

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