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  • News - South West - Lagos
  • Updated: November 29, 2023

Four-year-old boy drowns in canal in Lagos

Four-year-old boy drowns in canal in Lagos

The family of Daniel Oyedokun has been thrown into mourning after their four-year-old son drowned in a canal on his way back from church on Sunday at Awori Street, Dopemu, Agege in Lagos State.

According to The PUNCH, the deceased was swept away by the flood that accompanied the heavy rain on that day.

The distraught father of Daniel, Olabode Oyedokun, in an interview said the son followed their neighbour to church as he was unable to go with him to their own church.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident.

He said the police started a search for the boy immediately after they received the report but unfortunately didn’t find him alive.

Hundeyin said, “The police received a report on November 26 that a four-year-old boy fell into a canal at Awori Steet, in Dopemu, the Agege area of Lagos State while returning from church during the heavy rainfall.

 “With the assistance of the officers of the Lagos State Command and divers from the state fire service, we swung into action immediately.

“Unfortunately, the lifeless body of the boy was recovered inside the gutter along the same street.”

 He said the father of the boy applied to retrieve his corpse after it was recovered from the gutter for immediate burial and the corpse was released to him.

Hundeyin sympathised with the parents of the boy, and however, advised parents to keep a close watch on their children especially those living along water channels to avoid any tragedy such as this.

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