Following Friday’s downpour in Ilorin, the capital of the state, the Kwara State Fire Service, in collaboration with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Nigerian Police Force, retrieved three bodies on Saturday, among them the body of well-known cleric Sheikh Gani Aboto.
According to a statement made by Hassan Adekunle, Head of Media and Publicity for the Kwara State Fire Service, the three bodies and a Toyota Yaris with the registration number APP544E were found in a river near the Olusola Saraki Abattoir along Sobi Road in the Kwara State capital of Ilorin.
We at SleekNaija learned that the tragedy happened on Friday during the downpour, when the victims were trying to drive under the bridge when they suddenly became stranded by a flood, driving them into the river.
The staff of the NSCDC Akerebiata Division, NPF, Kwara State Fire Service, and residents of the area provided unwavering support for the rescue efforts.
“The rescue operation began early this morning (this Saturday, January 10, 2022) at around 0810 hours,” the message added.
One of the victims’ body was discovered at the scene, collected, and transferred right away to a mortuary. This afternoon, further searching was done.
The car was taken out of the water, and the bodies of two further victims were found inside.
The following names were later given to the three accident victims:
Sheikh Abdulganiyu Nuraini, also known as Alfa Gani Aboto, is the first. Alfa Azeez Omoekun is the second.
As of the time this story was submitted, “The body of Sheikh Aboto was being carried to his country house in Aboto, ASA LGA of Kwara State while that of the third person had been taken to Ilorin Muslim Cemetery for funeral in accordance with the Islamic right.”
Prince Falade John Olumuyiwa, the director of the Kwara State Fire Service, pleaded with the public to refrain from driving while it is raining heavily.