Chinonso Nwokporo and his friend went to a pond at the International Market in Ebonyi State to swim.

Their adventure ended sorrowfully after Chinonso could not make it out of the pond alive. 

Narrating the ordeal, the Senior Secondary One student, told newsmen that Jesus Christ saved him.

He said he had gone to the pond to play with the deceased.

"We went to the pond to swim, though none of us know how to swim. This made us to stay at the shallow part of the pond that people normally fetch water.

"Immediately we reached the pond, he plunged into it and later started shouting for help as I tried unsuccessfully to rescue him.

"I absent-mindedly jumped into the pond and started drowning but miraculously came out from it with the shout of Jesus, but no help came for my friend,” he said.

He explained that a security man stationed at the market heard his shout but said he did not know how to swim, but rushed to Nwokporo’s house to inform his mother.

After Chinonso’s death, the Police Command in Ebonyi asked the state government to prohibit the use of the pond at the International Market, Abakaliki.

The command said the pond had endangered children’s lives in recent times.

The spokesman for the command, Jude Madu, gave the advice on Tuesday while addressing reporters in Abakaliki.

“This is the third reported case of drowning inside the pond which claimed the lives of all victims; the best option is the permanent closure of the pond to public.

"The government, in the interim, can provide safety measures such as safety items and materials at the pond and similar measures at every stream, river, pond, lakes and other water sources in the state,” he further urged.

The police spokesman also urged parents to monitor their children’s movement and watch  the type of friends they keep to ensure their safety.

"Individuals living around the pond are mostly concerned with this advice, as the command assures the public of the continued protection of their lives and property”.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nwokporo’s corpse was found floating on the pond last week with blood gushing from his mouth, ears and nose.

The Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Ephraim Ononye, also advised the state government to prevent further drowning in the pond through the provision of various security measures.