10 JHS Students Drown In River Oti With Seven Bodies Retrieved

Ten (10) students of Saint Charles Lwanga Junior High School (JHS) at Saboba in the Northern Region drowned after a canoe which was ferrying some students capsized on the Oti River with three (3) bodies still missing.

The deceased were among 31 kids from the school who had gone to work on their headmaster’s farm earlier in the day and were returning home in groups when the tragedy occurred.

According to accounts, the students went to the headmaster’s field to harvest rice, and on their return home in a canoe that they were rowing themselves, their canoe capsized leaving ten (10) dead

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr Shine Zoiku, the Saboba District Police Commander, confirmed the incident, confirmed that personnel from the Ghana Police Service and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), as well as some residents of the area, were on a joint mission to retrieve the remaining bodies from the river.

He appealed to locals for assistance in identifying the deceased.

Mr George Bingrini, the District Chief Executive of Saboba, acknowledged the occurrence to the Daily Graphic but claimed he couldn’t comment since he was heading to the location.

According to eyewitnesses, the event occurred yesterday afternoon in Buntu, an agricultural town near Saboba. They said that on their way back from the farm, the students paddled two boats by themselves, but one of the canoes overturned and was unable to reach its destination. According school reports, the headmaster is supporting the authorities with their investigation.

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