A seven-year-old boy, Olamide Ayeni, was swept away by the flood that accompanied a downpour on Sunday night in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital. The all-night rain, causing culverts, roads and river banks to be over flown, sacked many homes and business outfits in many parts of the city.
An uncle of the late Olamide, who simply identified himself as Simeon, told journalists at their Dallimore Street residence that the incident occurred when the child accompanied his sister, Faith, on an errand.
Simeon said the child accidentally stepped into the flooded road and was immediately swept off. Giving graphic detail of how the incident happened, the uncle said: “Olamide had gone with his 15-yearold sister on an errand by their mother. From what we learnt, when the rain started, they stayed back where they had gone. When the rain subsided, she held her brother’s hand as they made their way home.
Olamide missed his step on the flooded road and fell into the culvert.
“The sister ran home to report the incident and sympathisers made attempts to rescue him. We also called the fire service men and they came to join in the efforts to find him. Up till now, we have not found his body.”
According to him, the parents of the missing boy, 40-year-old Mr Matthew Ayeni and Mrs Oluwafunke Ayeni had been moved out of their house on the street because they could not cope with the trauma of the tragedy. Following the flood, Governor Kayode Fayemi yesterday visited affected areas, including Elemi in Adehun on Iworoko Road where a popular hotel was affected.
The flood also wreaked havoc in areas such as Ureje, Omisanjana, Ajilosun, Peace Estate and Emirin community where a bridge was almost destroyed.
Fayemi said buildings erected on waterways and those without approvals by the state town planning office would be demolished in the next two weeks to prevent flooding.
The governor, who was worried by how some land lords violated town planning laws, said the demolition was aimed at protecting lives and property.
He said though the government failed to enforce the law on building constructions in the past, a situation which he said had given many people the impetus to build without respect for safety of their lives and property, the government would henceforth begin a strict enforcement of the law to prevent flood-related disasters.