Police confirm 2 students drowned in Ekiti

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The Police Command in Ekiti on Sunday confirmed that two students of Ado Grammar School, Ado-Ekiti, drowned in Ureje River on Friday.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, told our correspondent in Ado-Ekiti that the corpses of the students had been retrieved and deposited at a morgue.

“We learnt the students went to the river to swim and got drowned. Their bodies have been taken to the mortuary,’’ Ikechukwu said.

He said full investigations had begun into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Our correspondent learnt from an anonymous source in the school that about seven students on Friday, scaled the school fence and went for a swimming expedition during which two drowned.

The source quoted one of the survivors as saying that although four of them jumped into the river, the two victims could not come out alive.

“Those on the river cliff had to raise an alarm for rescue,” the sources said.

The source added that a farmer working nearby with the help of some local divers rescued two of the students.

“They later brought out the bodies of the two other boys,’’ the source said.