There was pandemonium yesterday, June 1 in Atikeke community of Gaa-Akanbi area, Ilorin, Kwara State, when a 4-year-old boy, named Gideon, was washed away by an early rain.
According to report, the little boy was on his way to church with his grandmother at about 7.30am. They got to a narrow path where steel was laid across the river for passersby to cross. Unfortunately, he slipped and fell into the water below.
“I saw them when they were coming; I was on the other side of the river. The old woman waited for her grandchildren to pass one by one, but the boy in front of all of them slipped inside the river.
“I think the steel was slippery due to the early morning rain,” an eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity said.
The grandmother who was seen wailing uncontrollably when visited by journalist, said her grandson was calling her name as he fell into the water.
“When my grandson slipped inside the river, he was calling my name,” she lamented.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer, Kwara Police command, Mr. Ajayi Okasanmi, said he had yet to be briefed about the matter.
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