Contrary to the erroneous comments that no life was lost in last Saturday’s flooding in Ibadan, three bloated bodies Tuesday floated on Dandaru Dam.
They were discovered early in the morning at the dam close to the Department of Fisheries along the road that leads to the Cultural Centre, Ibadan.
One of the bodies was identified as Ojo Ijebo, a policeman from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. Others are Sunkanmi Iyiola and Wole Iyiola. They were said to be from the same mothers.
Meanwhile, different search parties have been dispatched to other parts of the city to find other missing bodies.
According to one of the relatives of two of the deceased, Mrs. Bunmi Qudus, they were five in the car when they were swept away by the raging flood.
She added that they had been searching for them since Sunday morning. When they could not find them, they reported at the police station.
“They left home around 10.30pm for a club. But, after sometime, we could not have any contact with any of them. We thought that they would in the morning, but, we did not see them only to be called some minutes that they have discovered their bodies”.
Many other relatives of those who are still missing came one after the other to identify the bodies recovered.
While some of them turned back saying it was not their own, others would just scream uncontrollably mentioning the name of the deceased.
Speaking with newsmen after the bodies had been taken away in an ambulance, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Olabisi Ilobanafor said three bodies had been recovered out of the five missing persons.
She said search parties had been sent to other parts of the city to search for other two persons. She confirmed that two policemen who are on leave were among the five persons being searched for. We have recovered one of the policemen.
Tears flowed freely as relatives and hundreds of sympathisers thronged the scene of the ugly incident.
Officials from the National Emergency Management Agency, its state branch, policemen, Fire Service and other security agencies were there to help recover the bodies.