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Bus Driver Drowns in Osun River, Found Five Days After

By KAZEEM MOHAMMED

A 56 years-old comercial driver, Taye Onikunkewu has been confirmed dead after drowning in a river at Esa Odo, Obokun Local Government Area of Osun.

He was discovered dead five days after he had gone missing with his wine-coloured Jeta car being used for comercial purpose.

It was gathered that the deceased was on transit with two passengers from Ikirun, enroute Ibokun-Esa Odo last week Thursday when it was discovered that the Esa-Odo dam had overflown into a nearby river called Osun river and crossed over the road.

Sensing danger, the passengers decided to alight and took a walk back to the nearest Community, known as Ilare, but the deceased driver reportedly insisted on proceeding on the journey.

Since the day of the incident, a family member said, they have been searching for the deceased and engaged in spiritual consultations until his corpse was found inside his car in the river on Monday.

The deceased was then evacuated and buried in the river bank in line with the Yoruba believe that whoever dies in a river must be buried in its bank.

Sympathising with the family of the deceased, the All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Assembly candidate in Obokun State Constituency in the 2019 election, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye said the incident was pathetic and shocking.

According to him, the incident calls for vigilance by people at this raining season with a view to avoiding falling victims of such unfortunate occurrences.

He also urged the people to be wary of dumping refuse on waterways so as to prevent cases of flooding in the state.

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