The lifeless body of a 60-year old man, Elder Ebenezer Olabode, who was swept away by Tuesday evening flood in Osogbo, Osun State capital, on Wednesday floated on the bank of River Okooko in Oke Oniti area of the town. According to The Nation, the victim was said to be returning home when he ran into the flooded street ahead of his residence.
An eyewitness account said that Olabode was adamant to move in the flood despite the advice of people around the scene not to do so.
The eyewitness, Thomas Onaolapo, said that the victim’s body could not be recovered by some Hausa men present at the scene after an intense search that lasted several hours.
He said: “We all warned him to go back but he didn’t listen. After moving for few minutes, the intensity of the flood forced open the booth of his car and the flood caught up with him. Two people standing nearby made attempt to rescue him and one of them nearly got drowned in the process and we all became powerless.”
It was gathered that Olabode’s body has been deposited at the morgue of the State Hospital, Asubiaro.