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So Sad… Four World Bank Officials Drown in Ekiti River



World-Bank-officials Drown i EkitiFour persons, including a man believed to be the son of a World Bank contractor, have drowned in Egbe River in Egbe community of Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti State

According to PUNCH, they were said to be working on a World Bank assessment mission to the river and had commenced work on Tuesday night.

The report stated that they were said to have come from Development Dams and Irrigation Scheme, Kaduna State.

Sources said they drowned after their boat capsized. The four occupants who didn’t wear jackets died, and the remaining three survived.

The chairman of Gbonyin Local Government Area, Folasade Akinrinmola mobilised local fishermen who retrieved the bodies of the dead.

Akinrinmola said that she was notified of the incident by the traditional ruler of the community.

“We immediately mobilised a rescue team and an ambulance and those wearing life jackets were rescued. The rescued people were the ones who told us that others were still in the water. Their bodies were later retrieved by the local fishermen.

We believe that they were there based on some of the proposals we had written on the dam and how it could be put to use; and we believe that the World Bank had started work on the river based on the call,” she said.

The bodies of the victims have been deposited at the mortuary in Ode-Ekiti, headquarters of the council area.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ekiti State Police Command, Alberto Adeyemi, confirmed the incident, adding that “they must have come from the federal ministry, because dams are owned by the Federal Government. Their boat capsized; four of them died, while three survived”.

Photo Credit: Nigerian Tribune



  1. Ayoka

    August 25, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    May their souls rest in peace. If only they had donned lifejackets 🙁
    BN, your headlines of nowadays. They are not World Bank officials, that’s clear from the story.

  2. Adio_Braimoh

    August 25, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    R.I.P to the deceased. Now, people of this world will attribute the incident to be call for sacrifice from the “god of the river” because they are trespassing it’s territory. Whereas it’s an accident. One accident too many. Safety first!

  3. BishopTandO

    August 25, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Unfortunate accident but how can something like this happen in this day and age? No lifevest how? Very sad for the loved ones left behind.

  4. marlvina

    August 25, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Even while serving as a corper in one of the communities in Rivers State, we had to cross the Opobo river always to our base. I NEVER entered those boats without a life jacket. On one occasion, I stood my ground that the boat won’t move until I get a life jacket else I would report to the chief of the community. They quickly ran and got us all corpers life jackets.

    It’s sad hearing the news of these people who died. May their souls rest in peace.

  5. jhennique

    August 26, 2016 at 10:30 am

    How do you get into a boat at night without a life jacket? Do you want to die? Actually,,,,,they died……SMH

  6. Prince

    August 26, 2016 at 10:57 am

    This is so unfortunate. May their souls rest in peace

  7. Mo

    September 1, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Very sad… lifejackets really do save lives.

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