- The city of Ilorin has been hit with a huge tragedy following the demise of one of its powerful clerics, Gani Aboto
- Aboto was said to have died while drowning inside a heavy flood alongside two of his proteges who also did not survive the horrific incident
- The incumbent governor of Kwara state, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq was among the top personalities who sent their tributes to the family of the late cleric
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As reported by Daily Trust, the popular cleric's drowning was due to a heavy flood that occurred on Saturday, October 1.
Legit.ng gathered that the corpses of the two other victims, Alfa Azeez Omoekun and Alfa Nurudeen who were proteges of the cleric were seen at another location on Sunday, October 2.
Reports have that the cleric was on his way back from Niger state alongside his proteges when they encountered the flood that swept them away while trying to pass through the bridge near Harmony Estate/Kukende in the Akerebiata area of Ilorin.
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The deceased cleric was gathered to be a student of another prominent cleric, late Sheikh Kamaldeen Al-Adabiy who was known to be the first-ever Mufti in the city of Ilorin.
When his corpse was found, it was taken to his hometown in Aboto, Asa local government for funeral rites on Sunday, October 2.
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Upon hearing the news about the demise of the cleric, Governor AbdulRazaq of Kwara state paid tributes to the late cleric and also sympathized with the family of the late cleric.
Similarly, former senate president Bukola Saraki also extended his tributes as well as the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Zuku Gambari who expressed shock at the sudden demise of the powerful cleric.
It was further gathered that the said flood that led to the demise of the popular cleric destroyed a series of valuable properties and also claimed the lives of some residents living in the area.
An eyewitness who also resides in the area revealed that a woman was killed due to the flood while her four children suffered injuries in the unfortunate incident.
Similarly, reports have it that two youths swimming in the Asa River at the Amilengbe axis of the Ilorin metropolis drowned.
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Elsewhere in Ginikanwa Izuoba, a resident of the Enugu-Otu in the Aguleri area of Anambra state met an untimely death when a flood attack his home.
The flood, according to NEMA, has also displaced about 700 thousand persons in the state and they have been confined to IDP camps across the state.
According to Thickman Tanimu, Ogbaru LGA recorded the highest number of victims, with Anambra East and West LGAs taking after it.
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Similarly, Daniel Okereke, a business and landlord, says he lost many valuable properties to flood in Lagos state.
According to him, the flood is mainly caused by the canal close to his house which is mostly not dredged by the government.
The businessman listed some of what he lost to include Chrysler, a Prado jeep, a Range Rover Jeep, and an Escalade Truck.