Two brothers drown in Kwara river on New Year's eve

Two brothers drown in Kwara river on New Year's eve

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A family based in Kwara State has been thrown into mourning on New Year's Eve after two of their sons drowned in Asa River located in Ilorin, Kwara state capital.

The PUNCH reported that the incident occurred around 4:36pm on Friday evening - about seven hours to the new year 2022.

Efforts by the Kwara State Fire Service on Friday evening was futile after the victims, Damilare 12years and Kamaldeen 14years were recovered dead.

The publication quoted some sources who claimed that the brothers were having fun with their playmates at the river located around 'Laola Salasi Street Mubo area Ilorin.

Sources said that the boys in the company of their playmates left for the riverside as was their usual practice.

The State Fire Service's Head of Media and Publicity, Hassan Adekunle, confirmed the incident in a statement released to journalists on Friday night.

Adekunle said, "The Kwara State Fire Service has again evacuated two Boys namely Damilare 12years old and Kamaldeen 14years old from Asa River 'Laola Salasi Street Mubo area in Ilorin, Today, 31st of December, 2021.

"This horrible incident happened this evening at about 16:36hrs (04:36pm), when one Alhaji Eleja suddenly summoned the Brigade to the scene of occurrence.

"However, it was so unfortunate that the two victims (Kamaldeen and Damilare) were recovered dead from the river by the firemen.

"The victims are from ile-laru compound, sabo-line area Ilorin with their colleagues went to swim at Asa-River before they were eventually drowned in the river and we handed over their bodies to their biological father, Alhaji Jamiu before leaving the scene of incidence.

"Therefore, the Director, Kwara State Fire Service, Prince Falade Olumuyiwa urged citizens particularly parents and teachers to keep monitoring their children's movement especially during this holiday period in order to avoid such terrible subsequent occurrences."

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