By: RALPH OKHIRIA, Benin City
A six-year school boy, on his way home from school was on Monday swept way by a ravaging flood along Uselu – Lagos road in Benin City, Edo State.
The school boy simply identified as Segun, was returning home from school in company of his mother, Latifa, when he was swept away by the flood.
The incident happened between Textile Mill road junction and five junctions of flood prone Uselu – Lagos road in Benin City.
There was a torrential rain for several hours on Monday in most parts of the state, including Benin City, which rendered most roads flooded and impassable for a long period of time.
Mother of the flood victim, Latifa, disclosed that ” we were reurning home from school when we tried crossing a wide and very deep gutter but unfortunately we both fell into the gutter.
” It was a Mallam (an Hausa man) who came from nowhere that dragged me out of the very deep gutter but my son was swept away by flood and all efforts to rescue him failed.
“Up till now, (nearly 24 hours after the incident), we are yet to see his body. My eight years old daughter was also with us but no evil happened her.
” It’s so sad that up till this very moment am speaking now, no help came from any government agency, unless some sympathisers who took it upon themselves to search for my son”, the bereaved woman lamented.
The development, unfortunately prompted hundreds of youths in the area to engage in protests and barricaded all the roads in the area which led to severe traffic dridlock for two days in the ever busy road.
Officers and men of the Edo state police command of the Nigeria Police Force drafted on Tuesday to put the situation under control, could not achieve any success.
Besides, it took soldiers from the Four Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Benin City several hours to clear the irate youths from the roads.
But as at the time of filing this report, the body of the six years school boy was yet to found.