28 December 2013

Nigeria: 15 Bodies Recovered From Benue Boat Mishap

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Boat mishap

No fewer than 15 corpses have been recovered after a boat capsized on River Buruku in Buruku local government area of Benue state.

LEADERSHIP WEEKEND discovered that a boat conveying over 50 passengers, including men and women that attended a picnic at the beach on Thursday night capsized. About 50 persons are feared dead and score others missing in the incident.

As at yesterday, the bank of River Buruku was crowded with family members and associates of the victims who went in search of their loved ones.

The development halted all commercial activities on the river bank.

Benue Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ezeala, said: "Fifteen dead bodies have been recovered so far by the search party and they are still searching for other missing persons."

According to Ezeala, the recovered bodies were found by men of the Boat Operators and Hirers Association at Buruku where the incident took place.

Meanwhile, family members of the victims have continued to lament the loss of their loved ones following the boat mishap. They appealed to the government to intervene in the rescue and recovery operations. Stay up to date, follow us on Twitter; @LeadershipNGA

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