Tragedy Strikes As 106 Wedding Guests Perish In Boat Accident In Kwara State, Nigeria

Tragedy Strikes As 106 Wedding Guests Perish In Boat Accident In Kwara State, Nigeria

In a devastating incident that occurred on June 12, 2023, the Kwara State Police Command has confirmed the death of 106 wedding guests in a boat mishap near the River Niger axis in Patigi Local Government Area of the state. The incident, which has left the community in mourning, was disclosed in a statement by SP Okasanmi Ajayi, the spokesperson of the command, on June 14.

According to the preliminary investigation, the ill-fated boat was transporting approximately 250 people from Gboti village to Ebu Village and Dzakan Village, all within Patigi's local government area, after a wedding ceremony. Tragically, while navigating the river, a part of the boat near the engine collapsed, allowing water to enter and causing it to capsize. The desperate passengers' attempts to seek help from the villagers hosting the wedding ceremony were unsuccessful, leading to the loss of 106 lives.

The casualties were primarily from Ebu Village, with 61 individuals losing their lives, followed by Dzakan Village with 38 casualties. Kpada Village suffered four fatalities, and three others were from Kogi State. The total number of casualties from the incident stands at 106, while approximately 144 people were rescued.

Expressing condolences to the families of the deceased, Ajayi conveyed the state Commissioner of Police's deep grief over the tragic event. The commissioner offered prayers for the departed souls and instructed the rescue operation to continue providing assistance and security to the rescued victims until they have fully recovered from the shock and trauma of the accident and can be reunited with their families.

This heartbreaking incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of ensuring safety measures and precautions are in place during transportation, especially in waterways, to prevent such devastating accidents and loss of precious lives. The community mourns the tragic loss of their loved ones and hopes for strength and healing during this difficult time.

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