A witness at the scene where four kids drowned in Danko River loacted in Abuja, on Saturday, said she let off the hand of one of the victims during a rescue effort, because she was drowning herself.
“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,” said the 14-year-old witness, Blessing Elisha.
The four victims are Jinkai Hakila, 10, Bridget Ibrahim, 11, Precious Ezra, 14 and Azumi Daniel, 16. The deceased had gone to wash clothes at the River, a situation that depicts the squalor and lack of basic social infrastructures in satellite towns and villages around Nigeria’s federal capital territory.
Alhassan Abdulwahab, one of the rescuers at the scene said it took 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 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,” Abdulwahab said.
The four corpses were buried by the river side in line with the tradition of the community.
– Adefola Ademosu