Families mourn as six students drown in Kaduna river

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 
-Six secondary school students have drowned in the Mbang river in Ribang (Mbang) village, Kauru Local Government Area, Kaduna State.

The teenagers, according to reports, drowned while returning from a Junior WAEC exam at about 5:30 p.m on Tuesday, June 25.

The victims were identified as Manasseh Monday (16 yrs), Musa John (16 yrs), Pius David (15 yrs), Monday Ayuba (16 yrs), David Danlami (19 yrs), and Yahuza Audu (16 yrs) were students of Government Secondary School Fadan Chawai writing the West African Junior School Examination.

The National Public Relations Officer of Ribang Development Association, Comrade Simon Ishaku Chinge, confirmed the incident in an interview on Wednesday, June 26.

He said three dead bodies have already been recovered and buried while three are still missing as locals have not been able to recover them out of the river.

He said: "The school children left their homes full of hope and excitement while their parents went to the farm with the hope of reuniting with them after writing their papers of the day, only to meet their untimely death."

"The Mbang river has been a death trap for our people over the years, he added, noting that before the community can access any school or any hospital facility they must travel for about 8 kilometres.

 "We’re calling on the Federal Government, Governor Uba Sani, Sen. Sunday Katung and our House of Representative member, as a matter of urgency, to kindly assist us with school, hospital, access road and bridge in order to bring succour to our community,” Chinge appealed.

 Members of the community have gone on Facebook to mourn the deceased.



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