BY EVELYN USMAN
LAGOS — The body of a teenager who drowned, Tuesday, in Oniyanrin river in Owode village, in Ikorodu area of Lagos, was yesterday recovered by officials of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.
The deceased identified as Feyisetan Owonifari was a Junior Secondary School, JSS2, student of Ikosi High School, Ketu.
He was said to have gone to bath in the river in company of his younger brother, penultimate Tuesday, at about 10.20 a.m.
His younger brother reportedly raised alarm on noticing that Feyi, as he was popularly called, was drowning. But help came late as other children said to be bathing in the river, fled abandoning the wailing boy.
Confused, his younger brother was said to have rushed home to inform his mother. The incident caused panic as parents and sympathizers thronged the river, without seeing Feyi.
His distraught mother, Mrs Kemi Owonifari, who is a member of the Lagos State Neighborhood Watch group was said to have made concerted calls to various rescue teams.
Officials of NEMA and Merchant Navy reportedly arrived the scene at about 4.30pm, where search was conducted round the river, to no avail.
The Lagos State spokesperson for NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, told Vanguard: “We suspended the operation Tuesday and commenced the search this morning (yesterday) and by 10:59 a.m. we recovered the body. We have handed the body over to the vice chairman of Isheri Local Council Development Area,who handed it over to the bereaved family.”