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Flood sweeps man while searching for missing cows in Lagos

CITIZENS COMPASS– A middled aged man was reportedly swept by flood while in search of his missing cows around Oko-Oba in Agege area of Lagos.

The incident reportedly occured on Saturday, 9 July 2022 in the morning.

His colleagues were said to have alerted residents of the area after their fruitless search at about 4pm.

A resident of Oko-Oba, Ayomide Arinola hinted out Correspondent about the development.

According to her, residents noticed some colleagues of the victim who came to Oko-Oba from Abattoir, while they (residents) were busy searching for two occupants of a vehicle who were swept by flood at Oyatoki Street, Oko-Oba. She said, “upon arrival at about 4pm, they joined in the search, only to inform us that their colleague, a male, was swept away while searching for some missing cows from the abattoir.

“They informed that some of their cows were swept by flood in the morning, and the man volunteered to search for them unfortunately, he was also swept away.

They begged residents to notify them incase his body was found.”

Recall that a Lexus Jeep and another vehicle with three occupants each on board were swept away on Saturday, in Oko-Oba.

However, two of the occupants were rescued through community efforts, one swam out of the flood while another jumped to a safer place remaining two occupants who were still missing at press time.

The vehicle drivers were said to have been defiant to warnings by residents to avoid passing the area.

Two days after the incident, it could not be confirmed if the man has been found.

This is just as 17 bodies have been recovered after a boat capsized on Friday night, in Ojo area of Lagos.

16 passengers including children, were said to be on board when the boat capsized at Mile 2 but 17 bodies were recovered as at yesterday.

Meanwhile, Lagos State Government has expressed sympathy with residents of the state over heavy flash flooding experienced in several parts of the state on Saturday, including Oko Oba in Agege, urging everyone to remain vigilant and cautious as there will be more heavy rains till end of August, 2022.

Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, made the remarks while reacting to the incident of flash flooding as a result of persistent rainfall with attendant havoc on residents and property across the metropolis.


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