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12 Mar 2017

Four Children Drown In Danko River,Abuja

It is so sad that Four children lost their lives in Danko river in Abuja.

Four children – Jinkai Hakila,
10, Bridget Ibrahim, 11,
Precious Ezra, 14 and Azumi
Daniel, 16, were on Saturday
found drowned in Danko River, Galadimawa Community, FCT suburb.

A correspondent of the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who
visited the community, reports that residents were thrown into
mourning following the ugly incident.

The four deceased and other
children were at the river for
washing before the incident

Some eye witnesses told NAN
that the incident happened at about 11 a.m. when the
children were still washing in
the river. Miss Blessing Elisha, 14, an eye witness, said that they
were together at the river washing while others were playing.

She said several efforts made
to stop the children from
playing in the water yielded no result before the incident.

"I actually did not see them
entering the water because I
was busy washing, suddenly I
was called that three of them
had entered the river. "It was then I looked up and
saw the fourth one going in
and an attempt made to rescue her looked like I was getting
drowned. "Then I left her and ran to call for help," she said. Mr
Alhassan Abdulwahab, one the first people that responded to the
distress call, said it took
about three hours to get their corpses out of the river.

He said the information
gathered from other children
at the scene showed that the
youngest of the deceased,
Hakila was the first to enter
the river. He said other children were drowned while attempting to
rescue their colleagues.

"We came to the scene of the
incident immediately we got
the information, and it took
some time before we discovered their corpses
because our nets were already in the river for fishing.

"It was after I pulled out my
net with a very big fish in it
that I saw the four corpses in
the same area with their
stomach not swollen,"
Abdulwahab said. NAN reports that the four
corpses were buried by the
river side in line with the
tradition of the community.

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