How four promising children drown in Abuja on Saturday

Mother of deceased in abujaGaladimawa community, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory, was on Saturday thrown into mourning mood after four children were found drowned in Danko River located in the settlement.

The identities of the affected children as given were Jinkai Hakila, 10, Bridget Ibrahim, 11, Precious Ezra, 14 and Azumi Daniel, 16,

The four deceased were at the river for washing with other children before the incident occurred.

Some eye witnesses told NAN that the incident happened at about 11am when the children were still washing in the river.

Miss Blessing Elisha, 14, an eye witness, told NAN that they were together at the river washing while others were playing.

She said several efforts made to stop the children from playing in the water yielded no result before the incident.

“I actually did not see them entering the water because I was busy washing, suddenly I was called that three of them had entered the river.

“It was then I looked up and saw the fourth one going in and an attempt made to rescue her looked like I was getting drowned.

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“Then I left her and ran to call for help,” she said.

Alhassan Abdulwahab, one the first people that responded to the distress call, said it took about three hours to get their corpses out of the river.

He said the information gathered from other children at the scene showed that the youngest of the deceased, Hakila was the first to enter the river.

He said other children were drowned while attempting to rescue their colleagues.