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Okada rider drowns in Ekiti river

Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti

Ureje area of Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti State was thrown into mourning at the weekend, following the discovery of the lifeless body of a middle-aged man, identified as a commercial motorcycle operator in the town.

The discovery of the corpse of the man floating on the river resulted into panic among residents of the area who woke up to see the body of the motorcyclist floating on the popular Ureje River, located in the suburb of Ado-Ekiti metropolis, along Ado/Ijan road.

The victim’s identity was yet to be ascertained as at the time of filing the report. But an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) and other identification documents were found in his pocket while ransacking his body.

The Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Mrs Monisade Afuye, led a team of government officials to the site of the river to supervise the movement of the corpse to the morgue of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital.

He said the team suspected that the victim must have drown during the Saturday evening torrential downpour that elicited flood in some sections of the state.

The Deputy Governor promised that the government of Governor Oyebanji, will collaborate with security agencies to investigate the matter and unravel the cause of the victim’s death.

She equally assured that the Governor Biodun Oyebanji led-government, will spare no effort to curtail flooding and safeguard the lives and property of the people through effective policies and initiatives.

Mrs Afuye added that this reflected in the quantum of works the current government had undertaken in dredging of waterways and canals that could constitute threats to human existence .

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“Governor Oyebanji was not happy about this terrible and sad event. He was not happy hearing that someone died inside flood. It is our prayer that you live to enjoy the dividends of democracy this government was effecting for you.

“Some of these deaths can be avoided. There is no point driving or trekking during torrential rainfall that can suddenly cause flooding. When you notice that rain is falling, pack your car or motorcycle and stay wherever you can be safe as a commuter or pedestrian .

“The governor has been doing much to prevent flooding in Ekiti. You can all see the level of dredging this government had done on main valleys and places susceptible to flooding in Ado Ekiti metropolis.

“If the government was doing these, try and complement our efforts by taking precautionary measures that can protect your lives”, she advised.

The Deputy Governor visited the spot alongside the Chairman, Ado Local Government, Hon. Bosun Osaloni, Commissioner for Environment, Mrs Tosin Ajisafe- Aluko, Director-General, Community Communications, Mrs Mary Oso-Omotoso, and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Mr. Babatunde Alokan.

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