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Boat mishaps claim 701 lives across Nigeria in 34 months

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EXPERTS on Monday have announced that no fewer than 701 persons have lost their lives in 53 boat accidents in the country between January 2020 and October 2022.

  The fatalities, which involved the passengers and the boat operators, were attributed to overloading, careless driving, poor maintenance of boats and turbulent weather among others.

According to report, boat accidents are more frequent during the rainy season between April and July.

A breakdown showed that Niger State had the highest number of recorded boat mishaps in the country with 176, followed by Kebbi, 84; Anambra 80 and Lagos, 72.

A further breakdown of the incidents showed that a total of 233 persons were killed in 2022, with Benue recording six deaths; Jigawa, 34; Bauchi, five; Taraba, 18; Niger, 16; Lagos 17; Bayelsa, 22; Anambra, 77; Delta, 5; Kogi, 4; and Sokoto, 29.

In 2021, 307 persons were reported dead with 142 in Niger; Kebbi, 76; Bayelsa, 7; Delta 2; Taraba 5; Sokoto, 13; Kano, 40; Jigawa, 7; Lagos, 11; and Ondo, 4.

A total of 161 casualties were recorded in boat mishaps in 2020. Kebbi had 8; Lagos, 44; Bayelsa, 6; Bauchi, 33; Niger, 18; Sokoto, 9; Rivers, 16; Anambra, 3; Delta, 10; and Benue, 14.

A further breakdown revealed that within the three-year review period, Benue recorded 20 deaths; Jigawa, 41; Bauchi, 38; Taraba, 23; Niger, 176; Lagos, 72; Bayelsa, 35; Sokoto, 51; Kebbi, 84; Delta, 17; Kano, 40; Ondo, 4; Anambra, 80; Kogi 4; and Rivers 16.

On April 13, 2022, at least 29 young persons died after a boat capsized in a river in Sokoto State. Five children were among those who perished in the accident.

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The boat was conveying 35 people across the Shagari River when it sank. Divers were able to rescue six persons.

Also, 15 passengers died in a boat accident that occurred in the Ojo area of Lagos State on July 8.

More than 50 persons were feared dead after an overloaded boat capsized in Kebbi State on May 27, 2021, according to the authorities.

There were at least 150 passengers on board, most of whom were believed to be traders.

About 85 passengers were being ferried in a boat from Onukwu Bridge to Nkwo Ogbakuba Market, Anambra State when it capsized on Friday morning.

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