103 wedding guests die as boat capsizes in Kwara state

One Hundred and three wedding guests returning from the ceremony at Egbu village, in Patigi Local Government Area of Kwara State have been reported dead when the boat conveying them capsized

Penpushing reports that the Kwara State Police Command Public Relations Officer Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed the incident on Tuesday, adding that the names of the survivors would be published soon, just as the tragic incident has cast an ominous cloud of sorrow and despair on the village.

The Transition Implementation Committee Chairman in Patigi, Mohammed Liman, however, affirmed that 110 passengers died in the accident, as confirmed by a statement by a community leader Bala Mohammed.

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“About 110 people died in the boat mishap in our area. We’re going to tell you about the tragedy and unforgettable memory that occurred to my people from our village and other neighbouring villages close to us’, he stated.

‘Our village people went to a wedding ceremony in another village called Gboti and the boat carried about 270 people, and almost 110 people were lost. This is an unforgettable memory and tragedy in the history of our village,” he said.

Penpushing further reports that the Speaker of Kwara House of Assembly, Rt Hon Yakubu Danladi-Salihu, in his reaction sympathized with the Etsu Patigi, Ibrahim Umar Bologi II, and the people of Patigi over Monday’s boat mishap.

The Speaker in a statement on Wednesday, condoled the families of the dead and identified with those still missing, praying to God to forgive the deceased and give the families the fortitude to bear the loss.

‘Our heart goes out to the people of Patigi, especially those in Ebu, Dzakan, Kpada, Kuchalu, and Sampi over the boat mishap that claimed dozens of lives and left others missing. We also condole the Etsu Patigi over the unfortunate development; we pray to Allah to grant the deceased eternal rest and give their families fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.

Penpushing also reports that the Speaker, however, tasked the Fire Service and the rescue team to do everything possible to ensure the recovery of those still missing alive.

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