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Anambra boat accident: NIWA confirms 8 dead, 38 passengers rescued

The National Inland Waterways Authority, NIWA, on Sunday confirmed that about eight people were killed and 38 others were rescued in a boating accident in Anambra State.

The Anambra State Police Command said five people were killed and 30 rescued, while NIWA Director of Corporate Affairs, Alhaji Jibril Dardau, confirmed the eight deaths in a statement in Lokoja on Sunday.

Mr Dardau said the “sad and unfortunate” incident occurred “between Thursday and Friday” in Umu Anam, Anambra West Local Government Area.

“The authorities extend their deepest condolences to the families and friends of the deceased and pray to God to rest their souls.”

He said preliminary reports indicated that “a wooden engine boat collided with an obstruction in the waterway and capsized with 50 passengers on board.”

“According to records, eight people were confirmed dead at the scene, and the remaining 38 people were immediately rescued.

“This sad incident involved a passenger ship sailing from Ida in Kogi to Onitsha in Anambra,” he added.


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