A three-year-old child and five other persons have been confirmed dead in the floods that wreaked havoc in Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State.
Officials said two of the victims were brought ashore by divers following a boat that capsized on Tuesday while attempting to ferry residents across to Ganaja village from Gadumo area in Lokoja.
The spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP William Aya, confirmed the incident in a statement on Wednesday.
An eyewitness identified one of the deceased victims as Abudulfatia Abudulazeez.
“The boat mishap had passengers crossing from Ganaja to the Ajaokuta end. Unfortunately, the boat could not take them to their destination as people were watching helplessly, with no-one to assist since it was at night,” the witness said.
Chairman of Ibaji Local Government Council, Williams Iko-Ojo, told reporters that four people, including a toddler, have been killed in addition to the destruction of the entire farmland in the Local Government.
“We are calling on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and all relevant authorities to come to the aid of my people,” he appealed.
Also, the Ejeh of Ibaji, Ajofe John Odiche Egwemi, called on the federal government to complete the dredging of the River Niger, including the building of dams, as a long-term solution to flooding.
Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Omotola Oguneye and Tony Okerafor