Tragedy as a boat reportedly capsized along the Ikorodu Channel of the Lagos State Waterways at about 8 pm on Friday, July 3 resulting in the death of five people.
The Lagos State Inland Waterways Authority (LASWA) disclosed that the tragic incident occurred after a 20 passenger capacity commercial ferry carried 21 passengers and took off illegally from Ebute Metta at about a few minutes past 8:00 pm and headed towards Ikorodu.
According to the Lagos State Inland Waterways Authority (LASWA), the ferry then ran into an unforeseen object on the waterways, causing the boat to capsize.
LASWA said while rescue efforts were said to have commenced immediately, only 16 were saved while five others died and one is still in a critical condition.
Speaking on the sad incident, the state Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, said the violators of the law will be prosecuted as the unfortunate incident is already under investigation.
He urged Ferry Operators to desist from breaking the laid down safety guidelines to avoid incidents of this nature.
He said if the rule of no night traveling on the waterways from 6.00 pm had been strictly adhered to by operators, the accident could not have occurred.