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Lagos State Waterways (LASWA) has warned ferry operators and passengers against violating the laid down rule of ‘No Night Travelling’ rule on the waterways.
A statement by Lagos State Ministry of Transportation stated that
“The avoidable boat mishap occurred after a 20-passenger capacity commercial ferry with 21 passengers on board took off from Èbúté Ẹrọ Jetty at about few minutes past 8.00pm heading towards Ikorodu ran into an unforeseen object on the waterways causing the boat to capsize. The immediate rescue efforts deployed saved 16 alive, 5 dead with one survivor in critical condition.”
The Lagos Sate Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, and the General Manager LASWA, Mr. Damilola Emmanuel, who were at the Ikorodu scene of the incident, the following morning confirmed that 16 passengers have been rescued alive with one person in critical condition and 5 fatalities through the efforts of LASWA Search Party, Local Boat Operators search team, the Marine Police and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).
Oladeinde while commiserating with the families of the deceased assured that the violators of the mishap will be prosecuted as the unfortunate incidence is already under investigation.
He urged ferry operators to desist from breaking the laid down safety guidelines to avoid incidents of this nature, he opined that if the rule of no night travelling on the waterways from 6.00pm had been strictly adhered to by operators, the accident could have been averted
Also speaking at the scene of the incident, the General Manager LASWA, Mr. Damilola Emmanuel reiterated that henceforth any operator who violates any of the laid down safety guidelines especially the no night travelling rule, would be arrested by the Marine Police and the boat in use confiscated. He urged passengers also to stop waterways night journeys as any passenger found on board of such boats at night will also be prosecuted in accordance with the relevant laws of the state.
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