By Chinenyeh Ozor
NSUKKA— Tragedy struck at the university town of Nsukka, weekend, as an eight year old girl, Ezinne Eze, was drowned by flood as a result of heavy down pour which started around 2pm and ended 10pm last Friday in Nsukka.
South East Voice gathered that the late Ezinne, a primary three pupil of Model primary school, Nsukka, hailed from Enugu-ezike in Igbo-eze north local government area, Enugu state. The eight year old flood victim was allegedly sent by her mother to go and throw away used pampers through a broken fence of their yard at 19 Market road, Alu Udene, Nsukka behind Ogige micro finance bank, Nsukka when suddendly she reportedly fell into a yawning gully created by ravaging erosion in the area.
An eye witness account who would not want his name in print told South East Voice that the yard had a broken fence for over four years which pose threat to criminal invasion while erosion had its way through Enugu road to Alu Udene down to unversity gate, terminating at Alor Uno community.
The eye witness added that erosion created five feet deep tunnel which the adjoining yard of the victim was turned into refuse dump. The witness said the landlord left the broken fence unattended to while the tenants use the empty land as toilet ends and refuse dump.
The witness noted that after throwing the used pampers the victim bent down to wash her legs when suddenly her slippers fell off and in her attempt to retrieve same, she was caught in the raging flood which dragged her into the alleged five feet deep yawning gully where she was drowned.
“The parents after waiting for about one hour without seeing their child raised alarm and a search party combed the area from 4pm of the fateful Friday till the next day when finally she was found dead inside the five feet deep yawning gully,” he said.
When Vanguard visited the yard at 19, Market Road Alu Udene, Nsukka, residents were wailing while imagining the tragic incident that took the life of the little girl who was said to be the first daughter of her parents.
Efforts made to speak with the father of the victim, Mr. Peter Eze a cosmetic dealer at Nsukka main market proved abortive as he was said to have gone home with other people for the burial of the little girl.