About Twenty one people have been feared dead, after a boat capsized in Benue state.
Majority of the victims are said to be members of a church who were on their way for an annual convention in a part of the state.
According to an eyewitness, the incident occurred on the River Benue at Kwagh opposite Agbor village within Local government of the state.
According to The Nation Newspaper report, their were about 28 passengers on board the boat.
The police however claimed that the boat had 23 people onboard, and the victims were members of ECAN Church Ijaha located in the Makurdi Local government area.
According to the Benue State Police Command, two people have been rescued after the Marine Police search party was deployed in th e scene of the incidence.
A statement from the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Catherine Anene read, “On July 5, 2020, around 2.30pm, information was received that 23 members of the ECAN Church, Ijaha, Makurdi Local Government Area, boarded a boat to attend a conference across the River Benue.”
“Midstream, the boat capsized. The Marine Police search party was deployed in the scene, where two persons were rescued, while 21 persons are still missing,” She said.
In another News, the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu said the corpses of seven people were recovered at the end of rescue operations for the victims of a Friday’s boat accident in the state.
According to a Punch News report, the boat with 19 passengers and two crew members had taken off from Ebute-Ero en route to Ikorodu when it capsized around 8pm.
Ten persons were reportedly rescued alive in the Friday incidence.
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