Ogun: 11 die, 16 rescued as boat capsizes

David Adenekan
David Adenekan
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Capsized boat

Eleven people were killed Friday night when a boat carrying 29 passengers capsized on Tafa River, Maun 2, in Ipokia local government area of Ogun State.

The engine of the boat said to be carrying passengers and goods to Maun in Ipokia from Badagry, packed up in the middle of the river and capsized.

While 11 people died in the mishap, 16 others were rescued by local divers.

While confirming the incident, Abimbola Oyeyemi of the Ogun Police Command, explained that the boat rammed into a pillar in the river.

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He said the boat which had no light while travelling in the night was also overloaded.

He said:  “There was a boat capsize. It was overloaded. The boat did not have light and travelled in the night. It had a head-on collision with a pillar in the river.

“The passengers were coming from Badagry in Lagos to Ipokia. It was the last boat left and all the 29 traders boarded the boat. 16 rescued live, 10 died yesterday and one died Friday. No live jackets.

“There were marines at the site. Two missing, Skipper arrested after he ran away.”

The bodies of those killed in the mishap have been taken to a mortuary in Ipokia.

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