15-year-old pupil drowns in Lagos river

A 15-year-old pupil of Waymark Image Live Community School, Oke-Ira, Oko Afo, off the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, Lagos, has drowned in a river in the area. The pupil had reportedly gone to the river to bathe alongside nine of his colleagues aged between 13 and 15.

While bathing in the river, Okiki was said to have disappeared.

A resident of the area who did not want his name mentioned, said Okiki was later brought out of the water and taken to a hospital where he was confirmed dead.

“Many of us were in the river bathing. We saw the pupils but since they were many, we thought they could adequately take care of themselves. Besides, the incidence of people drowning here is not common. That is why this one came to us as a surprise. There is no time of the day you come to this place without seeing people. In my view, the pupils were young and inexperienced, that might be responsible for his drowning.” the resident said

Confirming the incident, the Lagos state police command spokesperson, said that immediately Okiki disappeared into the water, other students contacted the residents of the community, who dived into the water to rescue him.

The PPRO added that Okiki was brought out from the water and taken to a hospital for treatment, but the doctor on duty confirmed that he was dead.

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