Fuel Strike Tragedy: 15 Year-Old Pupil Drowns in Swamp

The parents of 15-year-old boy simply identified as Ikponmwosa, would find it difficult to believe how their son died.

On a day when he was supposed to be in school, but for the strike called by the Nigeria Labour Congress, death stole in on him, leaving his parents in grief and sorrow.

Taking advantage of the ‘shut down the nation’ order by the Nigeria Labour Congress,  over hike in fuel price, Ikponmwosa and his friends decided to go fising in a swamp rather than be in school, alas he reportedly drowned while on the fishing expedition.

He allegedly got drowned while attempting to pick up a cat fish from the swamp located in Iyoba Street, Uselu, in Beninn Edo state, on Wednesday.

It was gathered that the teenager returned home from school after students were asked to go back home, following the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)  strike action in response to the increase in pump price of petrol by the Federal government.

The tragic incident was said to have forced his friends who accompanied him on the voyage to flee and alert his parents.

Speaking to journalists, the mother of the deceased, Mrs. Maureen Igiebor, said Ikponmwosa was already prepared for school, but was told that they should go home. She said her son was already dead before a good Samaritan came for his rescue.

“So, he ran home and removed his school uniform. Consequently, a little boy came telling me that my son, Ikponmwosa, whom they went together to hunt for Cat fish got drowned.

“The boy told me that he got drowned while hunting for Cat fish at the swamp,” she said. ‎

Also speaking on the incident, a sister of the the victim, simply identified as Omosigho, who wept profusely, said: “One little boy just came and said my brother got drowned at Iyoba swamp that he is dead.

“The government should come and do something about this swamp because there are other helpless children out there. My only brother that I have is dead.”

Sunday Igbinidu, a sympathiser, said: “This water has been here for a long time. So, we do not want this kind of thing to happen next time. The state government should inform the Federal government to come and remove this water from here.

“About three years ago, somebody died in this flood. Another incident happened early this year before the latest tragedy.”

The remains of the deceased has been reportedly taken to their family home for burial.

Edo State Police Command Spokesman, DSP Abiodun Osifo, could neither confirm nor deny the incident, as he said he was on a journey and had not been briefed.


Author: News Editor

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