Three children of one parent have reportedly drowned in River Niger after their boat capsized while going home from school over coronavirus threat.
The school hierarchy following a directive by the state government that all schools should close as a measure to contain the spread of the pandemic. So on their way home they met their untimely death.”
The Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in the state, Mr Edwin Okadigbo, confirmed the incident. ‘’He said the students were declared missing on March 23. “Following a distress call, the NSCDC Ogbaru divisional office, was alerted that three students of Community Secondary School, Atani, had drowned after their canoe capsized on River Niger. “Preliminary investigation revealed that the three students on their way to Ochuche in the Ogbaru LGA of Anambra State were children of one Mr Chukwuemeka of Urum-Etiti, Anam in Anambra West but residing in Ochuche.
“The cause of the incident was attributed to river turbulence, following a downpour. “Two out of the five students that were in the canoe, however, survived. “We are making efforts to recover the missing three.”
According to him, the pupils were paddling the boat when it capsized.