Commercial boat accident claims five lives in Lagos

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No fewer that five people have been feared dead after an Ikorodu-bound commercial boat capsised in Lagos on Wednesday evening.

An eyewitness said the boat was coming from CMS to Ikorodu.

Bodies of the victims were brought to the jetty at Ipakodo and taken to the General Hospital in Ikorodu by the Lagos State Ambulance Service, LASAMBUS.

The general manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, (LASEMA), Mr. Tiamiyu Adeshina, who confirmed the tragic news, however said he could not immediately confirm the number of casualties.

Also, the Lagos State police spokesman, Mr. Chike Oti, who confirmed the incident, said 16 persons were rescued.

“The information reaching us from the Marine Unit of the command reveals that five persons died in the boat mishap, while 16 persons were rescued alive.

“Our marine team is still combing the waters to see if there are other victims in the water.

“The commissioner of police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal has ordered the officer in charge of the marine unit to investigate the remote cause of the boat accident,” he said.

Vanguard/The Guardian

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