While Onitsha enjoys the proximity of the River Niger for its business and aquatic activities, it proved to be fatal for four bankers as they were swept by a maddening flood into the famous river
The four bakersb who are members of staff of a new generation bank in Onitsha, along Obodoukwu road, Ogbaru Local Government Area, Anambra State have been reportedly drowned by flood, which resulted from heavy rainfall on Thursday.
The deceased bankers were said to have closed from work on Thursday and defied the downpour to head home in the bank’s vehicle, after the rain persisted.
The vehicle was said to have struggled with the flood which had covered the entire road, but the ragging flood swept the bankers’ car, plunging them into the Sakamori drainage which is channelled to the River Niger, causing the death of its occupants.
According to a petty trader along Obodoukwu road who simply identified himself as Okechukwu, “it was the flood that carried the vehicle to the Sakomori because it is a small vehicle. The driver tried to resist the force of the flood but the vehicle had no weight.”
“They were about four, I think with one little girl I saw as they were panicking inside the vehicle, after the rain the vehicle was recovered with three out of the four of them, excluding the baby girl”, he disclosed.
Also speaking, another eyewiness who pleaded anonymity said that, “This Sakomori was built to control the high volume of flood that wrecks havoc whenever it rains in Onitsha and environs. You can see that it is so deep that when the banker’s vehicle plunged into it, nobody was ready to come to the rescue of the occupants, we were watching them drown.”
Attempt to confirm their deaths from the Anambra State police command didn’t yield result as the command’s image maker, SP Mohammed Haruna did not reply to messages sent to him.