*she was said to have been sweet away in a gutter
Even as the beginning of the rainy season in Kaduna metropolis was welcomed as it brought about relief from the surging heat that prevailed, it has visited a family in Sabon-Tasha Community with tragedy as 13-year old Chinedu Ogechukwu ThankGod was swept away by the current from the rainfall on Monday May 8, 2017.
Though her whereabouts remain unknown for now, as search parties are yet to find her.
The situation is causing worries to friends, relatives and neighbours, who have thronged the family’s residence and where at Kudan Street, which is also said to be the location where she was last seen.
When AUTHENTIC News Daily visited the area, it was painted with sad and gloomy faces who were worried that over 12 hours after she was swept away by the flood, they still remained clueless to where to find her.
The place where eyewitnesses were said to have seen her swept by the raging water, became an instant tourist attraction as people wondered how a gutter could sweep away a teenager.
The gutter, said to have been constructed by the Nigeria Railway Corporation, flows from Sabon Tasha from where it connectstoGbagyi Villa before emptying into a River at Karatudu, Romi.
As at the time of the visit, her father was said to be out with one of the search parties and was not available for comments.
Mrs. Ifeoma Eze, mother of the victim was traumatized by the unfortunate incident and could barely utter a word, but after much persuasion from relatives, she painstakingly gave out the age of her daughter and a recent photograph.
“The incident happened at about past 5pm yesterday when the rain was falling,” she informed.
Mrs. Eze said Ogechukwu was born on July 17, 2004 and is a JSS 3 student.
The mother of the girl, who is a business woman, appealed for help from all over in ensuring that her daughter was found.
On how the girl fell into the gutter, some neighbours around the vicinity who did not disclose their identities said that Ogechukwu went out to empty refuse into the drainage when the rains were falling, so that they can be washed away.
“She emptied the first one, went back and came back to empty the second one before she was swept into the water. A boy that was around there was said to have attempted to to grab her hand and pull her out but the current of the water was too strong,” a source informed.
When the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Kaduna State, ASP Aliyu was contacted for comments, he directed our correspondent to the DPO Sabon Tasha Division.