A 16-yeard- old student of St Cyril Anglican Junior high school, Sekinatu Mohammed, who lives with her parents at Akaporiso, a suburb of Obuasi East district of the Ashanti Region met her untimely death when she was sent by her school teacher to go and fill her gas cylinder for her.
The girl who was sent by her madam to assist her to fill her gas cylinder was returning back home to deliver the filled cylinder when the unfortunate incident happened. Upon reaching Merekwe river, due to the rain and the swampy nature of the place, she slipped and the cylinder fell into the river. In her attempt to retrieve the cylinder, she also fell into the river.
Her lifeless body was later retrieved by some residents of the area together with Nadmo officials after more than 3 hours of searching.
According to residents of the area, there are a lot of pits left by illegal miners after their activities in the area. These pits have created artificial dams and lakes which fill up when it rains and floods the area. They claim these pits have caused the death of some people in the community.
The assembly member for the Akaporiso electoral area, Jeff Kwadwo Agyei promised measures will be put in place to curtail the residents’ worries.