Philip Azubuike, a lecturer with the Physics Department Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH), Yola, Adamawa State, is one of the casualties of the flood at Trademore Estate in Lugbe, Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
It had been reported on Saturday that four residents lost their lives as floods ravaged Trademore Estate and others.
Although the Director General, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Emergency Management Agency, Dr Abbas Idriss, denied that any life was lost, the agency had said that more than 26 vehicles were swept away in the flooding.
The FEMA further disclosed that about 166 houses were affected in Trademore Estate, while a tarred road was completely washed off after an early morning rain flooded the Trademore Estate along Airport Road in Abuja.
The lecturer was reportedly swept away in his Peugeot 406 car.
His corpse was recovered from the canal by the entrance of the estate, Premium Times reports.
Alhaji Ashiru, an inspector of police newly posted to the area, who narrated how he lost all his properties, said he pulled out the corpse from the canal with the help of other residents around.
Several residents said they saw the victim struggling to come out of the Peugeot car when the flood started.
After the corpse was pulled out, a motorist was quoted as saying: “We saw him on the top of his vehicle trying to avoid the flood, but later we did not see him again.”
Audu Faruk, a resident and witness of the flood disaster, told the online newspaper that he saw several bodies being dragged away by the flood but he could only rescue a few.
“I was sleeping when the flood started, and all of a sudden I saw my bed floating, then I rushed out and saw water everywhere. I rescued a heavily pregnant woman and children but some people were carried away,” Faruk said.