Nigerians mourn Adewura, task government to fit potholes, manholes
The social media space couldn’t hold back tears as the heartbreaking footage went viral showing the moment the body of Adewura Lateefa Bello was pulled out of a drain after she had been missing for 11 days. There was an outpouring of tributes and condolences for her family as reports said she was buried yesterday at Morikaz cemetery, Agege, Lagos State.
The 26-year-old chartered accountant had left her office on May 15 and called her family when she was close to Gowon Estate where they live to inform them that she was almost home. But she never made it home. It was later discovered that the motorcycle she was riding on fell in a flood and the deceased slipped into an uncovered manhole.
While the search was on, a Twitter user who had heard about the flooding accident shared the story on his timeline, advising that Wura’s family visit the police station where the bike rider, who was advised against riding through the route, was remanded. Days later, the family revealed she was the one who fell into the canal and didn’t survive it as her body had been in there for days before a search was conducted.
According to one of the men who was part of the search team, Lateefa’s body was found lying face down at the Abule Odu end of the canal. She was recognized with her shirt and birthmark as her face had been badly damaged. The source also said the search team drew up a map of Gowon Estate to determine where the open drain leads to. They went through every tunnel till they got to the end, which is a canal that is channeled to Abule-Odu/Iyana-Iba/Badagry.
The source blamed Adewura’s death on “pure negligence on the government’s part” and said the deceased might have had a chance if a search was carried out immediately it was reported that a woman had fallen into the open drain. “The police arrived the scene at about 3:00p.m. on May 16, and nothing was done. If she had a chance of survival, it was denied. LASEMA arrived the scene on May 18, still no moves were made, excuse being that they were not trained to enter drainage.”
Already, a trending hashtag titled: Justice for Adewura, cover the manholes, fill the potholes, attracted many social media users who called on the state government to take responsibility for her death.
Someone wrote: I just watched the video of Adewura’s body been recovered… thinking of how she felt the last few minutes… Ahhh!!! I can’t even imagine, lonely, scary. This is sad, it’s worse thinking that this could have been avoided, and it should be avoided. This could be anybody…. this life is cruel.”