Over 20 passengers on Wednesday drowned in a boat accident on River Katsina-Ala in Benue State.
Eyewitnesses said the boat carrying over 20 passengers and up to 17 motorcycles left Logo Local Government around 8 pm but capsized at the Buruku crossing point of River Katsina-Ala.
The Chairman of the Benue Motorcycle Association, Ugonduzua branch, which lost 17 members in the incident, Felix Ikyaajime, said they were heading for a burial in Buruku when the boat capsized.
As of Thursday evening, three corpses and 18 motorcycles had been recovered by the rescue team while the search for others missing in the boat accident was still in progress.
It was learned that the bodies so far recovered have been moved to the morgue of General Hospital Buruku with the state government promising to assist in the burial.