A 400 level Animal Science student of the University of Portharcourt, Rivers State, has drowned while hanging out with his girlfriend. The incident happened, yesterday, at Abuloma Sandcity. It was gathered that Rowland Alawari Zeus had initially been rescued after running into trouble while swimming. However, a speed boat later swept him back into the water from the Dredging Pipe where he was temporarily laid to recuperate.
A student of the Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State has reportedly drowned in a river. The tragic incident, it was learned, occurred Sunday evening. The deceased, a Public Administration student of the institution, whose identity could not be immediately ascertained, was said to have gone to the river to take his bath when he met his untimely death. Nigerian police According to a source, the body of the deceased was recovered about 30 minutes after drowning. But attempts by his fellow students to revive him failed . The institution, it was learned, had been without water for about two weeks, causing the students to go to the jetty to bathe and fetch water. The development was said to have triggered protest among the students. It was, however, gathered that the intervention of the police prevented the protest from degenerating into violence. Police Contacted, Spokesman of the State Police command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, confirmed the development. He said though information at his disposal was sketchy, policemen had been deployed in the area to maintain peace.
Seven members of the National Youth Service Corps have drowned in a river southeast of Taraba State, with two others feared dead, police have said. The corps members were on a swimming expedition in River Mayo-Selbe, a major tributary of the Benue River, when a water surge from a nearby mountain collapsed on them and swept them into the massive river, Taraba police commissioner David Akinremi said.
“There were 22 corpers who went on a picnic at a waterfall that has a river bellow, there was a surge of water from the top of the mountain that swept them away,” Mr Akinremi said. The incident occurred in Gashaka Local Government Area, where all the corps members affected were posted to serve. Several news reports cited Taraba State NYSC coordinator as confirming the attack on Sunday. Mr Akinremi told said 14 corps members were initially blown away by the heavy gush, but five of them were rescued before it was too late.
Seven bodies, comprising two females and five males, were recovered between Saturday and Sunday, Mr Akinremi said. Search and rescue efforts are still underway for the remaining two as at Monday morning, but the police feared they were already dead. “It is a very unfortunate situation,” Mr Akinremi said, while condoling with the families of the deceased. It was not immediately clear whether any investigation would be conducted, but the police suggested the area might not be safe for picnic for the rest of the raining season.