Anambra Boat Tragedy: Buhari Directs Speedy Rescue Efforts

Anambra Boat Tragedy: Buhari Directs Speedy Rescue Efforts
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Reportedly, no fewer than 16 dead bodies have been recovered out of the 76 passengers declared missing in the Anambra Boat Tragedy that happened in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra state on Sunday.

The boat alleged to be carrying 85 persons had capsized, following rising floods in the Ogbaru area of the state, with emergency bodies confirming a death toll of 76.

As more details were awaited, President Buhari, in a release by his spokesman; Mallam Garba Shehu, expressed sadness about the Anambra Boat tragedy and directed that all possible efforts be made to account for all the passengers.

While directing all other rescue and relief agencies to rush to the site of the accident, the president also directed the relevant agencies of government to check the safety protocols on the transport ferries to make sure such incidents were avoided in the future.

Anambra Boat Tragedy: Buhari Directs Speedy Rescue Efforts
    President Muhammadu Buhari

    “I pray for the repose of the souls of the deceased and everyone’s safety, as well as the wellbeing of the family members of the victims of this tragic accident,” the president said.

    Meanwhile, following the tragedy, the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), had embarked on rescue and recovery missions expeditiously.

    Though there were conflicting figures, a former Transition Committee Chairman of Ogbaru Local Government; Mr. Arinze Awogu, gave the figure of recovered dead bodies as 13.

    One of the indigenes of the area, Eze Ogbugbulu, who claimed to be on the ground at the rescue scene, insisted 16 bodies had been recovered, including children.

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    Ogbugbulu said a majority of the people on the boat, were not from their area in Osamalla, but farmers working in farm settlements, who were going back for the weekend.

     

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