Abia: Flood Claims Life Of Keke NAPEP Rider


Rain flood in Umuahia on Sunday evening swept away a middle-aged man identified as John.

The incident happened at about 7:20 pm on the Uzuakoli Road area of Umuahia during torrential rain in the Abia State capital.

The victim, who until his death was a commercial tricycle operator popularly known as Keke NAPEP, was swept into a deep gutter by the raging flood as he was trying to step into his residence after the closure of his transport business.

Gushing waters, it was learnt, covered the surface of the gutters in front of the victim’s residence, making it hard for him to know where to step.

Realising what had happened, family members and neighbours of the victim quickly launched a rescue party for him, searching every gutter in the neighbourhood.

The search, a resident of Uzuakoli Road, Said, did not yield any results.

However, on Monday morning, the victim’s lifeless body was found floating in the flood near Olokoro community in Umuahia South LGA.

Some residents of the Uzuakoli road who spoke about the incident described it as unfortunate, saying that the victim was a friendly and resourceful man.

Said ASP Maureen Chioma Chinaka, Police Public Relations Officer of Abia State Police Command, when contacted: “Nobody has reported such a matter to us yet”

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