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Death toll of Lagos boat accident hits six

Our Reporter
 
The death toll of Friday night’s boat accident in Lagos has risen to six with nine persons still missing, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has said.
It said seven persons were rescued alive from the accident that occurred around 8pm on the Ebute Ero -Ikorodu waterway.
Facts provided by LASEMA on Saturday night revealed there were 22 persons on the boat contrary to initial information released late on Friday.
The boat, it was gathered carried 22 passengers instead of 14 and also embarked on the journey at nightfall, in violation of the ban on night trips on the waterway.
According to the Public Affairs Officer (PAO) of LASEMA, Nosa Okunbor, the deceased were all females while three men and four women were rescued.
He said rescuers suspended operation around 6:20pm on Saturday, adding that the search for the nine persons would continue in the morning.
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“So far, of the six dead adult females recovered at the Ipakodo ferry terminal and deposited in the Ikorodu General Hospital morgue, three are partly identified.
“One is Chidera, an undergraduate that studied International Relations awaiting her call-up letter, whose mother was amongst the survivors; Risi and Silifat.
“One of the survivors, Mrs. Ibikunle recounted her experience. They are all resident in Ikorodu.
“The boat captain and his assistant are among the missing persons. The deceased were deposited at Ikorodu General Hospital morgue.
“LASEMA Response Teams from Lekki and Agbowa, officers of the Nigeria Police Force Ipakodo division, LASAMBUS and LASWA officials were the responders present at the incident,”he said.








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