The Police Command in Oyo State has confirmed the death of two persons and another injured in a flood which followed 24 hours of rain in Ibadan on Monday.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mrs Bisi Ilobanafor, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan on Tuesday that the incident occurred around 8.15a.m near Challenge Police Station.
Ilobanafor said that one of the victims was a commercial motorcyclist while the other was an old man.
“The old man’s name was unknown. He was going in the rain and his leg slipped causing him to fall, hit his head on a stone and he died on the spot.
“The other one was an okada (motorcycle) rider with his passenger. They were swept away by the flood. The passenger was rescued, he is receiving treatment at UCH; while the cyclist’s corpse was seen along the road around 2.30 p.m. on Monday,” she said.
Ilobanafor, said the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr Mohammed Indabawa, had directed that policemen should be stationed at the flood point to prevent others from falling victims.
“As at now, some policemen are there to direct people away from the area so that those ignorant will not fall victims,” she said.
Ilobanafor advised residents to avoid going out in the rain and flooded areas so as to avoid falling victims of such scary circumstance.
“People should be conscious of where they put their legs whenever it rains because one may not really know the even ground from the uneven one when everywhere is covered by water.
“So, the best thing is to walk in an area one can see well than for one to put his or her legs anywhere,” she said. (NAN)