JSS Student Drowns In Ilorin River

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By Wole Adedeji, Ilorin

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A Junior Secondary School student in Ilorin, Kwara State who along with others went to swim in a local stream has drowned and died.

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The late student, whose name was unknown at the time of report others were of Gbagba Junior Secondary School who sneaked out of the school to swim in Gbagba river.

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An eyewitness who spoke with journalists said he was within the vicinity and saw the students swimming but suddenly heard them screaming which prompted him to rush to the river side.

The man who identified himself as Mallam Mutiu said on getting there, he observed that one of them had drowned while the rest of them frightfully had taken to their heels when they discovered that their friend was helplessly in the river.

Mallam Mutiu said he and others who were also attracted to the scene saw the body of the student and pulled him out but he had died.

His words: “We saw no fewer than six of the Gbagba Secondary School students at the river; suddenly we heard loud screaming, upon rushing down, we discovered that one of the students had drowned in the river.

“Before we could rescue him, he had already died and we saw wounds on his head which suggested that the deceased hit his head on the rock.”

The Kwara Police Spokesman, Ajayi Okasanmi (SP) when contacted said someone had called to inform him about the incident in the afternoon but added that no official report had been made.

However, he said the police would commence investigations and get to the root of the unfortunate incident.

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