Schoolboy dies as flood wreaks havoc in Ogun


A secondary school student has died while an unspecified number of persons were reportedly swept away by flood following a downpour in Sagamu, Ogun State, on Tuesday.

Parts of Sagamu affected by flooding included Ajaka, Express Junction, Olayinka, Ogunyanwo and Isale-Ojumele.

The dead schoolboy, who was suspected to be a student of Agbele Community High School, was swept off his feet after he fell from a bike into the flood and drowned.

Millions of naira worth of properties, including motorcycles, were washed away while some residents sustained injuries.

A resident in one of the affected areas, Banjo Adeoye said: “We had something like this last year and it was more terrible; we cried out to the government, but we got no help. We don’t have a good drainage system on this axis.

“The flood has nowhere to pass, but into our houses. We thought the information from last year will help them plan well for this year, but here we are today, a boy lost his life. We don’t know how many okada or property we will have to look for.”

The Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, Ola Oresanya, on Wednesday, confirmed the incident when he paid a visit to the affected areas for an on-the-spot assessment.

Oresanya stated that the redesign of the drainage master plan of the state has become imperative.

He, however, called on the Federal Government for assistance.

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