At least five people have been reported dead with 30 others sustaining varying degrees of injuries after a boat capsized while traveling across the River Niger.
A source confirmed to the Daily Post that the passengers of the capsized boat were people from a riverine area of the Kogi State who were traveling to Onitsha, the economic hub of the Eastern part of Nigeria, for various business activities.
The boat conveying the victims was said to have capsized around a riverine area of the Anambra West Local Government Area.
A video clip available with the Daily Post showed that the dead victims of the boat mishap were women and children.
The source said: “Early this morning, there was a boat that capsized at River Niger. Some of the victims are from parts of Kogi State and Mmiata Anam in Anambra East Local Government Area, according to the eyewitnesses.”
Confirming the incident, the Anambra State Police Command’s spokesperson, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, said: “The situation is under control.
“Our marine operatives, on getting the distress call about the incident, responded swiftly. We were able to rescue over 30 of the passengers alive and recover the five lifeless bodies in the depths of the sea and the capsized boat.
“Preliminary information revealed that the boat was from Kogi state, conveying goods and passengers before the unfortunate incident occurred.
“Meanwhile, the cause is yet to be ascertained, as the investigation is ongoing.”
Tag: Anambra Boat Mishap 5 Dead 30 Injured Across River Niger
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Published 1/7/2024 5:42:03 PM