Boat capsizes with over 20 persons on board in River Benue

Boat capsizes with over 20 persons on board in River Benue


Over 21 passengers travelling in a boat that capsized in River Benue are feared dead in the mishap. The incident occurred on Sunday.

The boat was said to be carrying mainly members of the ECAN Church Ijaha in Makurdi Local Government Area to a meeting across the river when it sank at Kwaghtan Sule in Guma LGA.

The boat which had a-15-person capacity, was reported to be filled to the brim with over twenty persons.

The boat sank in the middle of the river and 2 people were rescued alive. Local fishermen and policemen are still searching for other passengers.

Spokesman of the Benue State Police Command, Deputy Superintendent, DSP, Catherine Anene in statement indicated that 21 people were missing in the mishap that occurred at about 2:30pm.

“We received information at about 2:30pm Sunday that 23 members of ECAN Church Ijaha, Makurdi Local Government boarded a Boat to attend a conference across River Benue, at the midstream, the boat sank. Marine Police search party were deployed to the scene where two persons were rescued alive while 21 persons are still missing,” the statement read in parts.

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