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Nigeria: Mother of 3 jumps into Osogbo river over COVID-19 lockdown.

A single mother-of-three attempted suicide by jumping into the Osun River in Osogbo, Osun State over her inability to continue providing for her children due to the lockdown

Kafayat Alake jumped into the river yesterday, April 1, a few hours after the state government imposed a stay-at-home order on residents of the state as part of measures to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. She would have drowned, but for the timely intervention of some residents of Aregbesola area of Osogbo.

Single mother-of-three jumps into Osun River over Coronavirus lockdown

Alake’s strange movement on the bridge was said to have been noticed by some passersby. When she jumped, they quickly raised alarm and youths in the area trooped out, dived into the river and rescued the woman.

Single mother-of-three jumps into Osun River over Coronavirus lockdown

“We were somewhere around that place when the woman fell into the river. At first, we thought she slipped while walking on the bridge but we later discovered it was a suicide dive. While others were calling for help, I had to jump into the river before others joined me in rescuing her,” a resident said.

Single mother-of-three jumps into Osun River over Coronavirus lockdown

Alake, while being questioned by reporters after her rescue, said she hails from Alapaaro, Isale Osun, Osogbo. According to her, she has three children and she could not continue to fend for them due to her financial predicament.

Single mother-of-three jumps into Osun River over Coronavirus lockdown

She stated that her husband stays in Lagos adding that she got separated from her husband thirteen years ago.

The woman was later rushed to a nearby hospital by the O’Ambulance team of the state.


DELSU final year student drown ..

A final year student of Delta State University, Precious Omordia has been confirmed dead after drowning in Okotie river.

The sad incident occurred yesterday around 1:30pm when he went to swim in the river with three friends (a boy and two girls). It was gathered that the deceased’s friends fled the scene of the incident without seeking help.

A search which was launched after his hostel mates got worried over his whereabouts, led to the discovery of the corpse of the final year student of physiology in the river. The father of the deceased was notified before Omordia’s corpse was retrieved and taken to Agbor.

Friends of the deceased have already taken to social media to pen down tributes to him.


20 bodies recovered from DR Congo River Disaster Days After Explosion.

Twenty bodies have been recovered from a river in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a ferry blaze, local officials said Saturday.

The boat, which was transporting dozens of passengers as well as goods, caught fire overnight Monday in Tshimbinda, a village near Tshikapa, the capital of the central province of Kasai.

A report by a naval force in charge of waterway security in the DRC said a member of the crew lit a cigarette just as his comrades were filling up the boat with fuel.

It said 17 bodies were found on Tuesday and another three on Friday along the Kasai River, a tributary of the Congo River.

Several other people suffered burns and a number remain missing, the report said, without giving the total number of people on board the boat at the time of the fire.

Lake and river transport is widely used in the vast country as the highway system is poor, but accidents are common, often caused by overloading and the unsafe state of vessels.