Tragedy occurred in Delta State when a polytechnic graduate was swept away into the Anwai River in Asaba, by a rampaging flood after he fell into a manhole.
The man identified as Chinedu Igboke was said to have been controlling traffic at the Akpo junction along Okpanam road on Monday evening when he mistakenly stepped into an uncovered drain and fell into the gutter.
The flood which was caused by the torrential rain that pounded the capital city throughout the day, reportedly, rendered many people homeless.
Igboke, in his thirties, hailed from Ebonyi State, and was working as a security guard in a private school along Shekinah Love Assembly Street, off Ralph Uwechue Way, Okpanam Road, Asaba.
The deceased was said to be directing traffic which built up on Shekinah Love Assembly Street following the gridlock along Okpanam road, when he slipped and fell into the uncovered gutter along the earth road.
Eye-witnesses described the spot where fell as almost overgrown with weeds, while the gutter was filled with water when Igboke slipped into it. He had already floated into the deep tunnel which channels storm water from the area into Anwai River, before help could come.
“When he fell into the water, he slammed his head against the concrete walls of the gutter. So he might have lost strength to swim against the tide before being floated helplessly into the tunnel”
“The school authority where Igboke worked as a security guard, mobilised divers and swimmers to comb Anwai Rivers. We suspect that the body might be hanging somewhere along this tunnel because of blockade inside. We went with them to the river but they could not recover his body,” the eye-witness said.