A yet-to-be-identified man drowned in his car on Friday morning when a flooding occurred around Galadimawa round-about road, Abuja.
Eyewitnesses report that the man was in the vehicle with his driver when the incident occurred.
While the unidentified car owner was claimed by the flood, the driver was saved by motorcycle (okada) riders in the vicinity.
The flooding is said to have been caused by a heavy rainfall on Friday morning.
One of the rescuers, a motorcycle operator identified as Anas Faruk, explained that the car was spotted taking an alternate route en-route Dantata bridge.
“Before they knew it, flood had already taken over the road and instead of them to turn back and follow the roundabout, they decided to follow a Jeep vehicle which passed same road successfully earlier.
“While he was trying to do that the small car got stuck and they quickly ran out. In the process, they started pulling each other out of the car as there was no one to rescue them.
“As the rain continued, the surge became large and they and their car started submerging. At that point, some local divers and passers-by made attempt to rescue them and in the process, the driver was rescued, but the other man could not be reached,” the eyewitness said.
Officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) later sealed off the vicinity.
Rescue operations were carried out by a joint team of FCT Fire Service, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), as well as local drivers.