The Lagos State Police Command on Friday confirmed that 10 persons were killed in a boat accident that occurred on Wednesday around Apapa area of the state.
The command also said three persons were still missing while five out of the 18 passengers on board had been rescued. The boat was said to have taken off from a jetty in Kirikiri en route to Badagry when it capsized around 5pm.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency had in an incident report released by its General Manager, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, on Wednesday disclosed that a boat en route to Ikoyi from Ilashe capsized around 7pm and 10 persons were rescued. He, however, did not state that there was a boat accident along Apapa earlier that day.
Facts about the Apapa incident emerged after a video of the boat accident went viral on Friday. The police spokesperson in the state, SP Bala Elkana said that 10 persons died in the accident reportedly caused by a mechanical fault.
He said, “Five persons were rescued while 10 corpses had been recovered. Three persons are still missing. There were 18 people on board. The boat engine failed on the sea and there were strong waves which resulted in the accident. The boat left Kirikiri for Badagry.”
Seven persons died on June 3 after a boat en route to Ikorodu from Ebute Ero capsized, with authorities blaming the incident on night travel.