By Edem Edem
A Primary School pupil of Great Star Nursery and Primary School situated at Idang Street, named Christian, has drown in the swampy river near the Ibesikpo Street by Ambo Street in Calabar South local government area of Cross River.
The incident occurred when the victim was allegedly sent to go and fetch water from the swampy river along with a few younger boys where they were said to have taken a dip.
An eye witness who pleaded that his name should not be in print said after the boys had plunged into the water to bath, Christian was unlucky to come out alive and he drowned.
They said the water only returned the body later in the evening when it resurged. A neighbor, Ibanga Peter explained “It was when the water brought back the body that the search party and divers were able to bring his body home.
“We noticed that his belly was not swollen from swallowing water neither were there any cuts on his body. He seemed to be normal. Yet he had died!” he stated.
Peter also disclosed that the parents of the dead boy were not living together, adding that the father had traveled to Benin. He disclosed that when the father was informed about the incident on phone, he was mad with anger. “The father of the victim warned that his son must not be buried until he arrives” Peter said.
The aunt who declined given her name denied that she sent him to the river to fetch water for her. However, the corps of the deceased was covered with cloth and left in the aunt’s room pending when the father returns from Benin.
When contacted the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Irene Igbo said the Police has no knowledge of the event.
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