164 feared dead in Niger Delta boat accident


A boat heading to a yet unknown destination has capsized in Oron, Akwa Ibom state, rescue officials in Uyo, the state capital, have said.

The boat is reportedly carrying 166 passengers and only two people have so far been rescued, the officials said.

Yushau Shuaib of the National Emergency Management Agency told PREMIUM TIMES the boat capsized 40 nautical miles from Calabar leaving an unknown number of passengers dead.

He said nine bodies have so far been recovered and taken to the morgue of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.

Two other survivors, he said, are receiving treatment at the hospital.

Mr. Shuaibu said rescue operations are continuing while officials try to determine how many passengers the boat was carrying as well as its origin and initial destination.

There are, however, suggestions that the boat carrying passengers originated from Oron was headed for Gabon with the over 166 passengers on board.



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