At least five people have died in a boat accident which occurred Friday along the Ikorodu Channel of the Lagos State Waterways.
Four fatalities had earlier been reported from the accident which happened at about 8.00 pm on Friday. But on Saturday afternoon, the Lagos State Inland Waterways Authority, (LASWA) said the toll had risen to five.
According to LASWA, the incident which could have been avoided, occurred after a 20 passenger capacity commercial ferry carried 21 passengers and took off illegally from Èbúté Ẹrọ Jetty at about few minutes past 8.00 pm and headed towards Ikorodu.
The ferry then ran into an unforeseen object on the waterways, causing the boat to capsize.
About 16 people were rescued while one is still in critical condition.
In line with safety protocols of the gradual easing of the coronavirus lockdown, the Lagos state government had directed that all forms of transportation on waterways be closed from 6.00pm.
LASWA has therefore issued a warning to all Ferry Operators and passengers against violating the laid down rule of ‘No Night travelling’ on the waterways.
The Commissioner for Transportation Frederic Oladeinde, said the incident is under investigation and assured that the violators of the law will be brought to book.