By Sunday Aloba, Ado-Ekiti
Tragedy struck on Thursday as four World Bank officials have reportedly drowned at Egbe Dam in Egbe Ekiti, Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
The incidence was confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer in charge of the state, Mrs Folasade Akinrinmola who said that the incident occurred on Wednesday’s night.
He added that the incidence involved a team of seven contractors employed by the World Bank on an assessment mission to the dam.
She said that the team had commenced work on Tuesday night from a section of the dam and moving to the other section when the incident happened on Wednesday.
She said that traditional ruler of Egbe notified her of the incident.
“We immediately mobilised a rescue team and an ambulance, and in the process, those wearing life jackets were rescued. The rescued people were the ones who told us that others were in the water. The bodies of those that had drowned were later retrieved by the local fishermen.”
“One of the dead victims was said to be the son of the leader of the team who providentially escaped unhurt. We believe that they came to Ekiti based on some of the proposals we had written on the dam on how it can be put to use.
“We believe that the World Bank has started work on the dam based on their findings,” she said.
The council boss who described the incident as sad and unfortunate , added that the bodies of the dead have been deposited at the mortuary in Ode-Ekiti, the headquarters of the council area.