The body of a middle-aged gas retailer, identified as Kingsley Ejike, has been discovered along the flood plain in Magodo, Lagos State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the torrential rain that started on Friday till the late hours of Saturday has submerged some houses and cut off some roads within the community on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Ejike, a gas retailer, who owned Kingsfield Gas at Magboro, was swept away by the flood resulting from Saturday’s downpour, NAN has reported.
Ejike, who was reportedly preparing for his wedding, drowned in the flood around the Sparklight Estate area of the expressway in Ogun State.
His bloated body was discovered by a search party of Ilaje fishermen around High-Impact Sparklight Road on Sunday.
A witness said that Ejike was probably swept away on his way to supply cooking gas to his customers around the estate on Saturday evening.
“There was a search party for the missing Ejike after we found his motorcycle on the flood plain without him,’’ the witness said.
A community leader and Ejike’s customer, Mr. Tunde Oyebola, confirmed the incident.
A resident, Bolaji Dada, however, attributed the cause of the flooded plains to the diversion of waterways.
He said the waterways were diverted to the community without provision for another drainage to ensure free-flow of flood during rain.
“The contractor should have provided waterways for the diversion, especially the High-impact road.
“We will need government attention to prevent further flooding of the community,’’ he said.
NAN reports that some communities within Magboro such as Oke-Afa, Oke Ayo, Gaun and adjourning communities were flooded as motorists and commuters were unable to pass through the high current flooded roads.