Tears as Flood Kills 6yr-Old Child In Edo State

A middle-aged woman whose name was given as Latifa Ade and her six-year-old son, Segun, were on Monday night swept away by the flood that ravaged some communities in Benin City.

While the woman was rescued alive, the son was not as lucky as the child was said to have been swept into a manhole by the flood and the child was still being searched for over 24 hours after the incident.

The incident, which occurred around the Textile Mill Road Junction, along the Benin-Lagos Road, forced residents of Uselu to stage a protest on Tuesday.

It was gathered that the primary school pupil was being taken home by his mother when both of them fell into a gutter beside a major service lane.

The mother of the child, who cried bitterly, said she held her son by the hand but all of a sudden the current of the flood swept them into the gutter and she was able to come out through the help of a passerby but could not rescue her son.

The protesting angry youth, some of whom were carrying placards, alleged that the incident occurred because the drainages were not properly done.

The protesters who barricaded the busy expressway and grounded commercial activities in the area called on the government to investigate incident.

The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Chidi Nwabuzor, could not be reached for comments.

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