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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Policewoman dies, 19 injured in Lagos boat accident


A policewoman, Sergeant Mary Adesoba, reportedly died yesterday when a boat conveying 20 passengers capsized in Lagos. Also, 19 other passengers were injured in the accident. The policewoman was said to be attached to Zone 2 Police Command on Lagos Island.
The latest accident came barely a week after Governor Akinwunmi Ambode appointed Mr. Oluwadamilola Emmanuel as the new Managing Director of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA). The ill-fated boat belonging to a private operator, named SEALINK, was said to be coming from Ikorodu and was heading to CMS when the accident occurred.
The boat was said to have run over a submerged wooden boat close to the Third Mainland Bridge. Incidentally, all the injured passengers as well as the dead policewoman wore lifejackets.
The policewoman was said to have been trapped in the boat and could not float like others. She sank with the boat. Although sources in the emergency agencies said that only 20 passengers were in the boat, there was no evidence or passengers manifest to prove it.
The rescued 19 passengers were rushed to the Ebute-Ero Jetty, while the search for possible missing victims was still ongoing.
Meanwhile, the LASWA emergency response team has handed over Adesoba’s body to the Marine Police. According to sources, Adesoba’s husband is an official of the Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA).
The boat was also recovered and towed to a secure location. As at the time of filling this report, Sealink boat crew was also in police custody as investigation was still ongoing.
When contacted, the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, confirmed Mary’s death. Badmos said the sergeant was on her way to duty when the unfortunate incident occurred.
“She was one of our female officers. She was a sergeant. She was on her way to her duty when the incident occurred. We mourn her, the entire police command commiserates with her family.
She was a dedicated, committed officer who was passionate about her job. We will miss her,” Badmos added. Lagos State government said last Wednesday it had stepped up efforts to clamp down on illegal jetties and boat operators in a renewed effort to stem the tide of boat accidents often caused by illegal operations on the inland waterways.
The LASWA MD, Emmanuel, said that strict enforcement would be meticulously carried out across the state. Emmanuel added that government would stop at nothing to make operators adhere to safety standards. He said: “Being a developing sector, one of the things that LASWA has had to do is to be very strict on enforcement.
Enforcement is going to be an ongoing thing because you would constantly have those people who are going to default.”
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