By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA ,Abeokuta
The early morning downpour which began around 3a.m Saturday morning across Ogun State created palpable fear in the minds of residents as flood took over major streets in four local government areas of the state including Obasanjo Presidential Library fence.
With particular reference to residents of the ancient Egba city of Abeokuta metropolis, Ijebu – Ode, Sango Ota in the Ado-Odo/Ota local government areas as well as Ifo township, counted their losses following the flood which destroyed properties worth several millions.
NN Correspondent, who went round the Abeokuta metropolis shortly after the downpour, observed that the second phase of the rain, which earlier started around 03.am on Saturday morning, washed away several properties which included electronics and personal belongings.
Areas submerged in Abeokuta metropolis, included Kuto, Isale -Igbein, Lanfewa,
Amolaso, Ijeun-Titun, Ago -Ijesa, Abiola way, Isale Abetu, Sokori, Igbore, Oke Mosan and Isale Ake area.
The popular Ogun River, which transverses the ancient Egba city was filled to the broom while vehicles were also trapped in the flood at Sokori River at Popular “Oriomo” bridge.
In Ijebu – Ode, affected areas included: Molipa Express road , Abeokuta road, around Ogba sawyer, very close to Fatai rewire Workshop; Awujale Palace road; Okeaje -Igbeba Prison road as well as the Sabo-Molode area of Ijebu Ode area among other places.
Source within the affected areas in Ijebu -Ode said that the development forced the Chairman of the Local Government, Engr. Gbenga Olugbinle to mobilize people and some trucks around him to clear some of the blocked drainages in and out of the Awujale Palace road badly affected by the flood.
Though no life was lost as at the time of filling this report, none of the officials of the state government, particularly those of the state’s Ministry of Environments were also available for comments.