Anambra: 5 killed, 30 rescued after boat capsizes in Niger River

Anambra: 5 killed, 30 rescued after boat capsizes in Niger River

Five people lost their lives in a boat accident in Anambra State while en route from Kogi State through the Niger River.

Sources in the riverside area of ​​Anambra West Local Government Area told DAILY POST that the incident happened on Sunday morning.

The dead were mainly women and children, according to a video released by officials to this newspaper.

The deceased has not been identified but is said to be from the riverside area of ​​Kogi State and was traveling to Onitsha on various errands.

An official said: “A boat capsized in the Niger River early this morning. Eyewitnesses said some of the victims were from parts of Kogi State and Miata Anam in Anambra East Local Government Area.”

Meanwhile, the Anambra State Police Department confirmed the incident and announced that its personnel had received a distress call and rescued about 30 people.

Spokesman of the Anambra State Police Command, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, said this while responding to inquiries from DAILY POST.

“Once our marine operatives received a distress call regarding this incident, they responded quickly. We rescued more than 30 passengers alive, leaving five lifeless bodies and a capsized body in deep water. We were able to recover the boat.

“Preliminary information reveals that the boat is from Kogi State and was carrying goods and passengers before the unfortunate incident occurred.

“The cause is not yet known as it is currently under investigation.”


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