A 14-year-old boy, Sefiu Sikiru, was on Monday reported to have drowned in Osun River in Osogbo, the state capital during a fishing expedition.
The boy identified as Sefiu Sikiru was said to have visited the river along with two of his friends when the incident occurred.
It was gathered that the boy armed with a hook, thread and a stick swam after a big fish inside the river not knowing that he was getting nearer to the middle of the river, on getting to the middle, he began to sink and when his friends noticed this, they took to their heels and left Sikiru to his fate.
According to one Saheed Buhari, who resides behind the Old Governor’s Office in the area, he heard the distress cry of the drowning boy.
Buhari said: “I quickly left the mosque where I was praying to go and see what was happening and where the cry was coming from. I immediately raised an alarm when I realised there was nothing I could do to help him but I could see him sinking.”
Buhari said he rushed to Ataoja Police Station to report the incident, from where men of the fire service in the state and local swimmers were invited on rescue mission but the boy’s body could not be rescued after a long search.
He said the joint effort of the police and the fire service could not help because of the heavy downpour, which also hampered rescue effort.
Efforts to speak with Folashade Odoro, the Public Relations Officer of the state police command, proved abortive as she could not be contacted as at the time of filing this report.
However, a top police source in the state who preferred anonymity confirmed the incident, saying that the boy has been washed away.
The source however urged the parents and guardians to always take proper care of their children so that they could desist from visiting River especially during this raining season when it is believed that it is full with water.