Tears flowed freely yesterday, in Ago-Iwoye,
Ogun State, when the body of a Level 300 student
of the Business Education Department of Olabisi
Onabanjo University, OOU, who drowned, was
recovered at 2p.m., after a three-day search. .

Tragedy occurred last Thursday, when 10
students went to a nearby river to swim. One of
them drowned and the campus was thrown into
confusion. The deceased, Petemowo Abiodun, was said to
have seen a friend off to a bus stop at 5.30p.m.,
to board a vehicle to Lagos. On his way home, he
was said to have met nine other students on
their way to the river and he followed them. It was gathered that as soon as the tragedy
occurred, the other students rushed to the
campus to break the news and a search party
was organised.

The body was not recovered until it came afloat
yesterday. ‘An old woman warned him’ One sympathiser, Bisiriyu Ishola, said an aged
woman had warned the students to turn back,
but that they ignored her. A commercial motorcycle operator, Tajudeen
Odusola, said a day before the incident, there
was a downpour and students were warned not
to go near the river.

Some residents said it was
the first time such incident would be recorded in
the town. An official of the school, who asked not to be
named, said the search party went as far as
Okun-Owa in search of the boy, but was
unsuccessful until yesterday, when he was
sighted afloat in the river.

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