10 dead in Lagos boat mishap

Ten people were killed, five rescued and four others went missing when a passenger boat capsized in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos, a government agency said on Saturday.

The boat was heading to Badagry from the Kirikiri area of the city late Wednesday when it sank in heavy currents, the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) said in a statement.

“A total of 19 persons were involved in the incident; five were rescued with 10 persons confirmed dead and four passengers still unaccounted for,” the agency said.

It said most of the passengers were not wearing life jackets, contrary to maritime safety regulations.

“LASWA has apprehended the boat captain and has handed him over to marine police for further investigation and sanctions,” it said.

“The emergency and regulatory authorities are still on a search and rescue operation,” it added.

Boat accidents are common in Nigeria because of over-loading, disregard of safety guidelines, lack of maintenance and bad weather.

Last month, dozens of passengers were killed when their overcrowded boat capsized in the central Benue state.

A day earlier, seven people had died in Ikorodu, outside Lagos, when their boat sank following heavy rains.

Great Peters

Great Peters is a Website Developer, PHP, Python, HTML Programmer and a Business Development Manager. with more than a decade working expertise in ICT. His Services includes: *Web Designing/Development Services *PHP, Python, CSS, HTML Programming *E-commerce web development *Website Management Services *Social Media Management *Logo/Graphics/Catalogue/Brochure Services *Video Editing *Content Writing *Advert/Jingles Production * Digital marketing, you can connect him on twitter @great_peters or facebook @great peters

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Next Post

Nigerian-born politician, Gabe Okoye, runs for US Senate

Sat Aug 1 , 2020
A Nigerian, Mr Gabe Okoye, is on the ballot in a forthcoming Democratic Party’s senatorial primary runoff election in the U.S. Okoye, who hails from Enugwu-Aguleri, in Anambra, is seeking the main opposition party’s ticket for the Nov. 3 general election into the Georgia State Senate to represent District 9. […]

Categories

Share