‘How our son died’

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By EVELYN OISA  & ESTHER ONYEGBULA

There was wailing at the 22 Road Festac Town residence of parents of one of the victims of Tuesday night boat mishap.

The 62 year old father of one of the deceased, Mr. Emmanuel Okubor, described his late son, Uyi Okunbor, as an amiable and level-headed person.

Wishing that the hand of the clock could be taken back, Okunbor, a native of Uhumkwonde Local Government Area of Edo State, revealed that his late son relocated to Lekki in December.

He said: “If he had known, he would not have come home that day. I call him Uyi. His other name is Festus.

“He was a computer software engineer. He announced his relocation to Lekki when his friend who lived outside the country decided to establish an electronic shop which my son was managing.

“On that fateful day, we were not aware he was coming home because that was his own way of surprising us.

“After staying for a while, he said he was going to see some friends, promising to be back. But he never did.”

A survivor, said to have visited the Okunbor’s family, revealed that Festus drowned because he could not swim.

He said: “Immediately the canoe capsized, everyone struggled to hold the canoe. But those who could swim, swam to safety. Uyi’s body was among those brought out that night.”

It was also gathered that the late Uyi was asthmatic. His elder sister, who gave her name as Blessing, described him as her favourite sibling.

The bereaved mother, who later joined her husband, cried all through that her son be brought to her.

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