Lagos recovers more bodies from Friday’s boat accident

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Four bodies have been recovered from Friday’s boat accident in the Ojo area of Lagos State.

The four bodies, part of passengers in a W19 fibre boat carrying 16 passengers, were recovered at Mile 2 area on Saturday.

The boat capsised on Friday night.

General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, confirmed the recovery to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Sunday.

He said the state government had vowed to enforce safety measures and go after substandard boat operators.

He condoled with the families of victims who lost their lives in recent boat accidents in the state.

Emmanuel said LASWA had put many measures in place to reduce incidents of boat mishaps.

“Part of the safety measures is LASWA’s Search and Rescue Unit established to improve response in emergencies.

“Lagos State government is doing all it can to ensure that the sector is viable and safe.

“Government is ready to come down hard on any operator who endangers the lives of people while operating in the sector.

“One of the boat drivers whose actions led to a boat mishap some years back was recently sentenced to life imprisonment,’’ Emmanuel said.

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