Hours of thorough search of the Imude community lagoon, Otto-Awori Local Council Development Area, LCDA, Lagos, has paid off as the remaining three bodies out of the 10 that drowned in a boat mishap on Sunday, were finally recovered yesterday by the community search and recovery team.
According to reports, one of the three missing bodies was recovered from the lagoon by the team at about 7:00 p.m. on Monday night while the two other bodies were recovered from the lagoon on Tuesday.
Five bodies had been recovered immediately after the incident occurred last Sunday. And on Monday, two other bodies were recovered.
Baale of Imude community, Oto-Awori Local Council Development Area, (LCDA) Chief Ajayi Ashade while confirming the recovery said that the ten bodies have been recovered from the lagoon, adding “the last two were recovered from the lagoon at the early hours of today (yesterday).”
Speaking on the recovery, the leader of the community search and recovery team, Apostle Kehinde Akerele said that they commenced their exercise as early as 6:00 a.m., which has been their practice since the ugly incident occurred in the community.
Akerele emphasized that the search and recovery of the three remaining bodies was done by his team late on Monday and at the early hours of Tuesday. He however commended the Commissioner for Rural Development, Mr. Cornelius Ojelabi for releasing the fund to secure the services of a speed boat which he said made the search easier.
Baale of Imude community after the recovery of the bodies said yesterday that the community would commence rituals to cleanse the community and to appeal to the gods of the land in order not to experience such an incident again.
“The rituals will take place at the river bank. Within the nine days of the rites, there will not be restriction of movement within the community,” Ashade said.