19th October, 2011
Three persons have been feared killed in Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria following yesterdayâ€™s heavy rain.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the victims were swept away in the flood that occurred at Suberu Oje, Oke-Abiye and Sanni Agbesinga areas, all in Agbado Oke-Ode where the heavy rain lasting for hours sacked several houses.
It was gathered that the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN Youth leader in the area, popularly known as Nash was reported killed by the flood as the okada he was riding was swept off by the flood, while his body has not been found as at the time of filing this report.
A 35-year old man, Nurudeen Opeyemi, was also said to have been swept away by the flood, while his body had also not been recovered yet.
The Baale of Suberu Oje, Chief Subair told P.M.NEWS that Opeyemi missed his step as he was trying to cross a gutter and was swept away by the flood.
He disclosed that another boy was also swept away by the flood, but that he could not get the name of the victim yet, lamenting that the flood wreaked havoc in the area as properties were destroyed by the rain.
The baale called on the Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of the Environment to quickly come to the aid of the people and rescue them from their plight.
A community leader in the area, Alhaji Mamud Ajani, lamented that the flood destroyed properties and lives, saying that a preliminary reports and pictures had been sent to the state government for prompt action.
It was gathered that youths in the area protested yesterday after the rains abated and vowed to disrupt the forthcoming local government election on Saturday if the government did not do anything to save the situation.
When contacted, the Supervisor for Works, Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA, Mr. Aderemi Adeyemo said the council would move in to assess the extent of damage to properties and loss of lives.
â€œWe will move in to assess the impact of the flood and contact the Ministry of the Environment to seek assistance of the government for immediate intervention and solution to environmental degradation in the area,â€ he said.
â€”Kazeem Ugbodaga & Tunde Adepoju