Two secondary school pupils dived to their death in the Ureje River, Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, on Friday.
They were among seven pupils, who were said to have scaled the fence of their school and gone for the swimming expedition.
Sources said four of the pupils had jumped into a deep section of the river only to discover that two others were nowhere to be found, hence they raised the alarm.
A source said, “The pupils scaled the fence of their school, while studies were ongoing, purposely to swim in the river. They went to the deeper section of the Ureje River to swim and two of them were trapped in the mud and died.
“One of the survivors said four of them jumped into the river and later discovered that the two victims were no longer visible on the water.
“The remaining pupils on the river bank had to run to a farmer working around the river. The man, in turn, called on other farmers in the area to come and rescue the pupils. They later brought out the bodies of the drowned pupils.
“After that, the farmers went to the school compound to inform the management of the tragic incident.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, who said the corpses of the pupils had been deposited in the morgue, stated, “We learnt that the pupils went to the river to swim and got drowned. Their corpses have been deposited in the mortuary.”
According to him, other pupils, who were part of the swimming expedition, will assist the police in their investigation into the incident.