File image of boat crash

Eleven persons have lost their lives in a boat accident in Tafa River, Ipokia area of Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

Concise News learned from an eyewitness account that the boat, which was conveying 29 people, capsized due to a faulty engine.

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According to the eyewitness, the boat was already in the middle of the river ferrying passengers and their goods from Badagry, Lagos, when the incident occurred.

Spokesman for the police in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, blamed the incident on overloading.

He said that the boat was travelling at night without a headlamp while passengers were not wearing life jackets.

“It was overloaded. The boat did not have light and travelled in the night. It had a head-on collision with a pillar in the river,” he told Channels TV.

“The passengers were coming from Badagry in Lagos to Ipokia. It was the last boat left and all the 29 traders boarded the boat.”

The command’s spokesman explained that 16 passengers were rescued while 10 died on Thursday and the other one on Friday.