A 15-year-old boy simply identified as Ikponmwosa, has reportedly drowned while on a fishing expedition with his friends.
He allegedly got drowned while attempting to catch cat fish from the swamp located in Iyoba Street, Uselu, in Benin 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.
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 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.”
Mr. 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.”
His body was taken to the family home for burial.
Abiodun Osifo who is Edo state police command spokesman could neither confirm nor deny the incident, as he said he was on a journey and had not been briefed.
The NLC strike that kept the victim away from school was declared following the removal of fuel subsidy and the increment in the price of fuel. The strike action did not get full participation because people seemed to have lost interest in the congress.