In Osogbo 2 Brothers drown on New Year Day

Two brothers drowned in the river on New Year Day in Oke Ijetu area of Osogbo, Osun State.

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Two brothers drowned in the river on New Year Day in Oke Ijetu area of Osogbo, Osun State.

Reports gathered that the kids were playing football close to the river when their ball was played into the river.

According to an eyewitness, who put the age of the two children between 11 and 15, said the younger child went into the river to retrieve the football but did not come out. The older child was also said to have subsequently entered the river with the aim of saving his brother, but got drowned in the process.

A third child, who was also playing with the Duo also went into the river, but was rescued after his screams attracted some passersby. The passersby were said to have stretched a bamboo pole to the third kid inside the river and he was brought out.

The corpses of the two first kids were said to have been taken to the general hospital in the Asubiaro area of Osogbo, while the third child was also said to have been taken to another hospital for treatment.

The names of the two kids could not be immediately ascertained as some residents of the area told our correspondent that the kids’ parents just brought them to Osogbo to spend the Yuletide holiday.

Source says a similar occurrence has happened before to two pupils of a public school in Osogbo were drowned in the same river at the same spot over a year ago.

The boys were said to have gone to pluck some fruits and they got drowned while attempting to cross the river. Folashade Odoro,The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, confirmed the New Year Day incident, when contacted

The PPRO said, “The police are aware of the incident. The bodies of the kids have been recovered and deposited in a mortuary. Autopsy will be carried out to ascertain the real cause of their death.

Written by Yinka Ijiola

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