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Two Secondary School Students Drown In Akwa Ibom River

Two senior secondary school pupils of Alex Commercial Secondary School, Idua in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have drowned in Qua River.

An eyewitness, Peter Okon, said the drowned pupils – Aniekan Harry and Uche Okoli – hailed from Uruan and Eastern Obolo LGAs. He added that the incident occurred around the hours of 11am to 12pm on Thursday.

A pupil, Owen Oscar, said him and seven others had left school that day without telling the school’s management where they were going.

He stated that many of them did not do their first term examinations as they left for a football match against one of their rivals, which was later postponed.

“But some of us were not in school that day to write examination. I went home, changed my clothes, and left for one of our friend’s house (Elijah), to tell him of the match postponement.

“We all agreed to go to Qua River close to Hospital Road, Eket to play football. When they finished playing football, the victims said that they were tired and they wanted to swim in the river,” he said.

According to him, they advised the victims (Harry and Okoli) not to go but they refused and went ahead to swim in the river.
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