It was a harvest of tears and emotions at Omikunle area of Ijaiye, Lagos State on Thursday as two pupils of a private school, identified as Bright Future Academy, lost their lives during a heavy downpour while returning from school around 4:30pm.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti, told our correspondent that the pupils, identified as Olumide Olaegbe, 15, and his friend, Farouk Jagun, 16, both of whom were in SS2, fell into a septic tank and that they were rushed to a private hospital in the area where they gave up the ghost.
He said, “The incident happened on March 29, 2018 at about 4:30pm. It was reported at the station in the evening of that same day.
“One Olumide Olaegbe, male, 15; and his friend, Farouk Jagun, male, 16; both students of Bright Future Academy fell into a septic tank at Foursquare Street while coming from school during a heavy downpour.
“Both of them gave up the ghost same hour while receiving treatment at a private hospital.”
Meanwhile, some persons who said they witnessed the incident told the News Agency of Nigeria that the remains of the students were found floating around Casso Bus Stop and they were quickly moved to a nearby hospital by shop owners who saw their bodies.
The report quoted a witness as saying she and others were taking shelter from the rain in a nearby shop when they noticed the floating bodies on the water.
“That was how we discovered the boys and quickly some motorcycle riders rushed and lifted them on their shoulders but they were lifeless because their legs and hands were just dangling,” the witness said.
One of the riders said they were able to know the boys were students because they were in their school uniforms.
“I am sad and cannot talk now because they are dead and nothing can bring them back to life,” an eyewitness who said the duo could have been friends said.
Meanwhile, according to the NAN report, a worker in the hospital said the boys had given up the ghost before they were brought in.