Five students drown during excursion
• By Baba Negedu
Anguish hung over Kaduna metropolis yesterday following the death of five students of Victory International Secondary School, Ungwan Yelwa, during an excursion. Victory International School is located at Television village, within Kaduna metropolis in Kaduna South Local Government Area. The incident occurred on Wednesday about midday at the Kaduna State Water Board pump station, near the Railway Station in the Kaduna metropolis.
It was learnt that about 73 Senior Secondary School (SS2) students went on the excursion after paying N500 each to the school authorities. The spot is said to be a regular excursion arena for many secondary schools. According to sources in the area, about two or three schools visit the area on a weekly basis.
The students, it was learnt, normally follow through the gangway and enter an iron boat, which moves them around. However, shortly after the students entered the boat part of the gangway collapsed, which pushed the iron boat into the river.
Ten of the students were said to be in the boat but only one person was able to swim out. Four others were later rescued by some students and local divers. Five of the students were said to have disappeared into the river. A man-hunt, involving the local divers, was lunched but as at the time of filling this report only two bodies of the five missing students had been recovered.
The victims’ names were given as Priscilla Romana, Goodness Aromilade, Monday Umahi, Joseph Benedict and David Ukegbu, four boys and one girl, aged between 14 and 16. Speaking on the development, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Aliyu Mukhtar, said: “We were informed about it and we swung into action immediately and we were able to rescue some of them, including two teachers. “As we speak, we are collaborating with local divers searching for the missing children.”
Source: New Telegraph