Residents of Omi Adio in the Ido Local Government Area of Oyo State have been thrown into mourning following the death of a retired teacher and two other residents, who were swept away as a bridge in Igisogba village in the area collapsed during a rainfall.
Our correspondent gathered that the teacher fell into the river at around 8:30pm on Monday after the rain had stopped while the two others were washed away after that.
The retired teacher simply identified as Mr Nureni Adejumo, was said to be returning home and parked his motorcycle somewhere close to the bridge.
He was said to be walking across the wooden bridge when it suddenly caved in and he fell into the river.
Efforts of the local divers and some Ijaw divers to rescue him were abortive as he was washed away instantly.
The Chairman of the Oodua People’s Congress in Ido Local Government Area, Alhaji Muri Adekola, aka Eleomoburukudanu confirmed the incident to our correspondent.
The OPC chairman said, ” The bridge collapsed and a retired teacher popularly known as Master was swept away by the river.
“The incident happened on Monday night after the rain, the man was a teacher in one of the schools in Ido Local Government Area and he was returning home when the incident happened.
“His corpse has not been found up till now. We have been calling on the government to assist us by constructing a concrete bridge on the river but the one they started was abandoned.”
The OPC chairman renewed the call to the government to construct a bridge on the river to prevent further loss of lives.
Also, a resident of the area, Mr Kayode Ibigbami, told our correspondent that the incident had thrown the community into mourning .
He said residents observed that the teacher parked his motorcycle before he got to the bridge and walked on the bridge.
He said Adejumo fell into the river when the bridge caved him under him as he got to the middle of the bridge. He added that two others persons were said to have fallen into the river shortly after that incident.
He said that residents had barricaded the bridge to prevent unsuspecting persons from falling into the river again.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi, did not answer calls put across to his number.