A Senior Secondary school (SSS) 1 student of Abakaliki High School, Chinonso Nwokporo drowned in an artificial lake at the International Market, Abakaliki.
According to THE NATION, an eye witness Master Okechukwu Eze, said he and the deceased had gone to the pond to swim when he accidentally got drowned.
“We went to the pond to swim and nobody among us knows how to swim. So, we were just at the shallow part of the pond where people normally stay and fetch water for their various uses. We stayed there and fetch water and came out and bathed.
“As were going back to our houses that evening, my friend Chinonso went back and I thought he went to bring a cloth he forgot. Before I could notice what was happening, he had entered the pond and started shouting for help and I went to rescue him.
“When I jumped into the pond, I started drowning also but I was able to come out and I didn’t know when and how I came out because I was shouting Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! I shouted on top of my voice for the rescue of my friend but no one came around until one of the security men stationed to take care of the market came to fetch water from the pond.
‘’The security man told me that he doesn’t know how to swim; hence, he cannot do anything about my friend’s case. I then ran to the house of my friend and informed his mother”, he added.
The locals are calling for the closure of the lake as it has killed many of their sons.
“This is the third person to die in the lake. The lake has some evil spirit residing there and every year one person must die in that lake. There was a year that a big cow drowned in the lake,” a resident said.