Many reported dead as boat capsizes in Nigeria's Benue state

Many reported dead as boat capsizes in Nigeria's Benue state

- A boat carrying between 23 and 28 passengers across the River Benue capsized scores whose bodies have not been seen

- Most of the victims are said to be Christians heading for an annual convention in a part of the state

- The police confirm the incident as rescuers remain busy trying to recover the victims

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A major tragedy was reported in Benue state, northern Nigeria, in the evening of Sunday, July 7, as a boat said to be carrying scores of people capsized killing many.

At the time of this report, the actual figure of the casualties had yet to be known, but the accident had been confirmed by the police authorities in the state.

The Nation reports that the boat was carrying about 28 passengers, most of them church members on their way to an annual convention when the accident occurred.

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However, the police claimed that the boat had 23 onboard and that the victims were members of ECAN Church Ijaha located in Makurdi local government travelling across the River Benue.

According to the report, just one corpse from the incident had been recovered as of late Sunday, July 7 as divers and other rescuers are working hard to get the victims.

The police also said its marine personnel were carrying out rescue operations at the scene of the accident. had reported on Thursday, May 21, how reports indicated a gruesome accident on the famous Otedola bridge along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

According to The Nation, the accident which took place at the lane leading to Berger reportedly left many persons dead.

Moreover, the tragedy caused serious gridlock that extended to the road linking the Lagos state secretariat in Alausa.

Another recent report said seven people lost their lives in a motor accident on their way to a funeral ceremony on the Ogidi-Abatete road in Idemili local government area of Anambra state.

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According to Vanguard, several other people also sustained injuries in the accident, which happened on Friday, June 12.

It was gathered that the accident was confirmed by the sector public education officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Pascal Anigbo.

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