A teacher and residents in Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River State, have lambasted the state government of her negligence in the area.
Information reaching Weetalknaija Blog gathered that at least, six persons drowned when a boat conveying them and other passengers capsized in Ogurude, Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River State.
According to sources in the area who informed Weetalknaija Blog, confirmed that, the victims were returning from a burial in a village on the other side of the Cross River when the incident happened.Delta Assembly Cries Out Over Dying Fishes In Rivers, Calls For Federal, State Govt Intervention
A teacher in the village, who identified himself as Ignatius Okpa, stated,
“The canoe was overloaded. Some people were advised to stay back, but they insisted on going and the boat helmsman, who was eager to collect money, allowed more than the required number to board and mid river, the boat capsized.”
He also said the victims were not indigenes of the area but visitors, who came from Akamkpa, another local government area, for a burial in the community.Tears flows as Friends Connive, murder Alleged Yahoo Boy and Set His Corpse Ablaze (Video)
“They came from the Akamkpa Local Government Area to attend the burial of the father of their friend. They were unable to swim when the boat capsized. The helmsman and others from the area swam to safety, while the visitors drowned,” Okpa stated.OH GOD!! 200 Million Africans To Be Infected By Coronavirus In One Year, 150,000 People May Die — WHO
He said divers had recovered some of the bodies, while the search for the others was continuing.
Okpa blamed the incident on the non-availability of a boat donated by the state government due to a fault, adding that it was abandoned at the shore of the river in Ogurude, a situation that had left travellers with fewer boats with the attendant overloading of the canoe that capsized.COVID-19: Slash Billions Budgeted For Your Feeding, Travel Allowances — Atiku Tells Buhari, Osinbajo
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