A 55-year- old man, Joseph Tanko has reportedly drowned yesterday in Kurudu Dam in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
According to an eyewitness, Adamu Gambo, the victim, who was a local hunter, was returning from the farm on Monday 2 July when a saw a flock of birds, and shot at them and one of the birds, which he killed fell into the dam.
However, it was in an attempt to pick the bird from the dam that he got drown. Gambo, who briefed the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) emergency team, on the incident said that both the victim and bird were nowhere to be found when the locals tried to rescue him that day.
However, the body was later discovered with the help of divers on a search and rescue mission conducted by the operatives of the emergency rescue team.
According to him: “When we were coming back from the farm, my father saw a bird and shot at it, with his hunter’s gun. The bird died and fell into a river. He then went inside the river to pick it and got drown. Gambo explained that when the late Joseph shot the bird and it fell in the river, he (Gambo) warned him against entering the water to pick it, due to the current of the river.
He said that when the victim stretched his hand to pick the bird from the water, he fell inside and raised his hand calling for help, adding that when he ran back calling for help, from other people the victim sank in the river.
The senior special assistant to the AMAC chairman on relief and emergency, Hon Desmond Nwauju, who led the team to condoled with the family over the death of their bread winner, called on the residents to be cautious of rivers, adding that though water has no enemy it sometimes poses danger to human.
Nwauju said the corpse has been released to the family for burial, according to Gbagyi culture, as requested by Chindo Joseph for thefamily and Joseph Dakuru for the community. LEADERSHIP reports that the mysterious bird that led to his death was not found when his body was discovered and handed over to the family.
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