One dead, 15 injured in Ondo boat mishap
One person has been feared dead with 15 others injured in a boat mishap that occurred during the weekend in Ondo State.
WITHIN NIGERIA gathered that the incident happened in ldiogba, a riverine community in Ilaje Local Government Area of the state.
According to sources, the boat which was overloaded with passengers and goods was heading to Igbokoda, the local government’s headquarters when it capsized following engine failure.
One of the sources added that none of the passengers on the boat were putting on life jackets which according to him made rescue effort difficult.
Following the incident, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Ondo State Command issued a disaster alert when the corps warned against overloading on the part of the ferry transporters in the coastal part of the state.
In a statement by the spokesperson of the corps, Olufemi Omole, the boat mishap which occurred at ldiogba would not have occurred if the boat operator had adhere to the necessary precautions.
“Any boat transporter caught in the act of risking the life of innocent citizens by over-speeding and overloading would be arrested and prosecuted under the law.”
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