9:13 pm - Wednesday October 17, 2018

SHOCKING: STEPHEN OSITA OSADEBE’S Son, OKECHUKWU killed in Anambra Flood …18 year old Drowned with lifeless body found floating on the river * “OKEY was with two persons he was swept up in the flash flood. He had no opportunity for to escape or be rescued by his friends, as the river was turbulent at the time”-AMAECHI Osadebe,deceased’s mother BY CHIKA EWELEANU/CRIME REPORTER, ANAMBRA

SHOCKING:

STEPHEN OSITA OSADEBE’S Son, OKECHUKWU killed in Anambra Flood…18 year old Drowned with lifeless body found floating on the river

* “OKEY was with two persons he was swept up in the flash flood. He had no opportunity for to escape or be rescued by his friends, as the river was turbulent at the time”-AMAECHI Osadebe, deceased’s mother

BY CHIKA EWELEANU/CRIME REPORTER, ANAMBRA

THE PEOPLE OF ANAMBRA STATE ARE PRESENTLY UNHAPPY. The family of late Stephen Osita Osadebe, Nigeria’s highlife maestro are very sad after information reached them that their ‘baby-of-the-house’, Okechukwu (Okey) had been consumed by flood that ravaged the entire town and villages.

Okechukwu was killed recently in a flood that ravaged Atani in Ogbaru local government area of Anambra state. He was reported to have drowned in the flood at night, with his lifeless body found floating on the river the following morning.

Lamenting, Amaechi Osadebe, deceased’s mother said: “Okey (as he was fondly called) was in the company of two persons when he was swept up in the flash flood, with no opportunity for him to escape or be rescued by his friends, as the river was turbulent at the time. I heard that efforts made to rescue him failed, as the flood swept him away to a spot on the river where his body was later found floating in the morning.”

Arinzechukwu Awogu, chairman of Ogbaru local government area, who was at Okechukwu’s family house the following morning to sympathize with the Osadebe family, regretted the loss of lives in the council area due to the flood.

Awogu called on the people to take extra precautions while the floods last, while assuring that the disaster situation would soon abate.

For the records, Okechukwu is the second flood casualty in Ogbaru, the other being the case of a nine-year-old girl, Benedict Uzo, from Amiyi community, who died not long ago while out to fetch water from the river.

As at press time, more families have vacated their houses for Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, camps as floods submerge structures and destroy household items. The State Emergency Management Agency has provided the displaced families with relief materials.

 

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