A torrential rainfall that lasted several hours wreaked havoc in Ondo town, headquarters of Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State, claiming the lives of two commercial motorcyclists known as Okada, including the Chairman of ACOMORAN riders in the area, Aderemi.
Aderemi and two other victims, including a passenger, were washed away after the downpour, on Monday evening, but the passenger was rescued and receiving treatment at the hospital.
According to an eye witness, the remains of the two Okada riders were recovered in the Oka area of the town near the Okeodunwo Bridge.
He explained that the victims were riding through the bad portion of the bridge and unaware that the bridge linking the community had collapsed after the rain and fell into it the river and got drowned.
He said: “As they were passing, they mistakenly passed through the bad side and fell into the river.
“A search party was organised, only to discover that the two bike men had died in the water, but one person who was rescued has been taken to the hospital for treatment.”
He said many persons have died from the same spot whenever the community experience downpour, calling on the state government to attend to the plight of the people of the area.
The Chairman of Ondo West Local Government, Mr Ebenezer Akinsulire, said letters have been written to appropriate authorities concerning the bridge and assured that the challenge confronting the people would be taken care of.
He also promised the people of the area that the community’s road would be put into shape soon.