Members of Owa-Alero Community in Ika North East Local Government Area, are said to have been gripped with fear, following the death of a 12-year old boy, Master Daniel Goodluck who fell into a borrow pit hunting birds on Friday, July 5, 2019.
Speaking with Ika Weekly, reporters during their visit to the residence of the bereaved family at Idumuiso in Idumuebor Quarters, Owa-Alero, the father, Mr. Goodluck Ogorchukwu said on that fateful Friday, his late son, Daniel, with two other boys, Nenne and Emmanuel having returned from Omi Primary school, Owa-Alero, took their catapults and went hunting for birds beside a borrow pit. “On several occasions, I have warned them, particularly my children, not to ever go the borrow pit as it is a very dangerous place for children of their age to go to. I was at home that very day at about 4pm, when my phone rang and the person said that my son, Daniel, fell into the borrow pit and that I should hurry and come over immediately.SEE ALSO:IKA DAUGHTER BECOMES SIGNATORY ON NIGERIAN CURRENCY
“Before I got to the scene, a Good Samaritan who was passing by, had jumped into the pit that can swallow three electric poles to rescue my son, but unfortunately, before he could be rushed to the hospital, he gave up the ghost. What pained me most is that some elders of our land had seriously warned the road contractors in Owa-Alero not to dig such pits beside the road.
After all the warning by the elders, they still went ahead to dig the pits,” he lamented.
Some sympathizers at the bereaved family residence said they want the Governor, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to come to their aid by calling the contractors to order to ensure that the pit is covered or fenced off to avoid future calamity in the community. The residents further disclosed that the most fearful part of it is that the pit which occupies land measuring 950feet by 950feet is expanding daily.