Father, four children, 97 others die in Kwara boat accident - NIGERIAN NEWSORBIT


Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Father, four children, 97 others die in Kwara boat accident

100 die In Kwara boat accident
Over 100 persons, including a father and his four children have lost their lives in a boat accident at Egbu village, Patigi local government area of Kwara state.

The incident, our correspondent gathered, occurred on Monday when the boat transporting them hit a tree due to a river wave.

The victims were guests returning from a wedding ceremony at neighbouring Egboti village in Niger State.

About 50 bodies were recovered after the incident.

Sources in the village told our correspondent that the deceased persons had taken off from Kpada village.

“The boat was carrying over 300 passengers on a return trip from the venue of the ceremony.

“69 persons lost their lives from Egbu, 36 from Gakpan and four from Kpada villages in Patigi local government area. Over 75 were rescued”, a source added.

Contacted on Tuesday, public relations officer of the Kwara State police command, Okasanmi Ajayi, confirmed the incident.

He said the command had dispatched the Divisional Police Officer of Patigi local government area of the state to garner more information on the incident.

According to him, “We have a scanty report of a boat that capsized carrying about a 100 people in Patigi. I will give you more details on the incident as soon as I get more information.”

Meanwhile, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has commiserated with the people of Patigi over the incident.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, the governor described the incident as devastating and sad.

“The Governor sends his heartfelt condolences to the people of these communities and those from other states. He prays to Almighty Allah to repose the souls of the victims”, the statement read.

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