By Nosa Akenzua in Asaba
Tears on Friday flowed freely in Ohoror community, Uwheru Kingdom, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State following the tragic death of a father and son who were reported to have been drowned in river near their house.
The victims, Johnson Emegogoe and his son Benji Emegogoe, were said to have gone fishing in the river in the early hours when their attempt to go into the deepest area of the river met a brick wall, leaving two of the victims to have been drowned on the spot.
A relation of the victims, Moses Young, who spoke to journalists in the area, said: “the man and his son went fishing in the early hours, and around 9:30am news came to us that some persons were found flouting on top of the river and immediately we mobilized to the river and we found their bodies in the deepest side of the river, it’s shocking that father and son died in the rivers.
“But we thank God that the search party that went with us found the corpses of the victims”.
It was gathered that the river had few months ago, taken the life of a 16-year-old girl who had gone for swimming unknown to the parents, and since then there has been fear of the unknown about the river.
Sources said the river increased in volume following the recent flood activities which had consistently channel water into it, thereby making it to “over flow the more”.
Police Officers at the Ughelli Police Division who did not want their names in print, but spoke to journalists, confirmed that the bodies of the victims were found on top of the river by a search party, adding that the bodies were taken home for burial.
But a leader of the community, Chief Edward Akporehe, who also spoke to journalists, said: “the victims died as a result of the over flowing water caused by flooding, unfortunately, this is the most painful, and destructive side of the ravaging flood to us as a people of this community, if it were only loss of farm crops, it would have been accepted, imagine a father and son”.