Ikorodu Boat Mishap: Survivor Says Accident Was Caused By Overspeeding

ikorodu mishapA survivor of the Ikorodu Boat Mishap which occurred on Wednesday night, in Lagos, told Channels Television that overload and high speed caused the accident.

According to the female survivor, Abimbola Bunmi, the driver of the ill-fated Bell Marine boat was on high speed despite the turbulent waves on the waters.

Three pregnant women and a female child, who was yet unfound, were also involved in the accident which took off from the Ebutte Jetty in Lagos at 5:34PM. While narrating the incident, Bunmi hinted that the boat was damaged and that the driver had tried to “manage it” until the boat capsized.

Although representatives of the government had said that the Lagos Water Authority had responded promptly to the distress call, an eyewitness, Pedro Elakhale, a close relative to one of the occupants of the boat, told Channels Television that local fishermen and not the water authorities rescued the victims.

Despite the allegations of late rescue operations by survivors, the managing director of the Lagos state Waterways Authority, Mr Yinka Marinho insisted that the agency had responded to the distress call on time.

During an interview on Channels Television, the Lagos State Commissioner for Transport, Kayode Opeifa, had said that the accident may have been caused by underwater obstacles which led to the boat capsizing. He, however could not confirm if human error had led to the incident but disclosed that investigations were on.

8 Feared Dead, 12 Rescued In Ikorodu Boat Mishap

Aboikorodu mishaput 8 people died on Wednesday and 12 others rescued after a boat capsized between Eko Bridge and Ikorodu waterways in Lagos State, Nigeria’s South-West region.

Local divers were said to have jumped into the water and rescued some people, while the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) officials along with men of the Nigerian Navy and the Marine policemen patrolled the water in a bid to recover more bodies.

According to NEMA’s PRO, Ibrahim Farinloye, the boat took off from Ebute to Majidun in Ikorodu with 20 people on board and the incident occurred at about 6 PM. 12 people were rescued alive and eight died. He also revealed that as at that time six people were missing.

He noted that the boat is operated by Bell Marine Services and the management of Bell Marine Services had announced on Thursday that all occupants on the boat had been recused.

Mr. Farinloye further stated that two people out of the twelve rescued were receiving treatment at the Ikorodu General Hospital.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner for Transport, Kayode Opeifa, told Channels Television that the accident may have been caused by underwater obstacles which led to the boat capsizing. He could not confirm if human error had led to the incident but disclosed that investigations were on.

He also disclosed that one person was still missing.

Mr Opeifa further assured that the government was spending time on dredging the waterways and installing buoys to show drivers the correct waterways.

Despite the allegations by survivors of the boat accident of late rescue operations, the Lagos state Waterways Authority insisted it responded to the distress call on time.

The managing director of the agency, Mr Yinka Marinho said that the state government usually carried out constant safety awareness campaigns and tests for operators as well as their boats.


Lagos set to extend BRT lane to Ikorodu

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, Dr. Dayo Mobereola, says the state government is set to extend the existing Bus Rapid Transit lane from Mile 12 to Ikorodu.

He said the project, which would span two years, had already been awarded.

Mobereola said this at a stakeholders’ forum in Ikorodu, Lagos on Thursday.

He said the forum was to discuss the imminence of the extension of the lane as well as to seek community’s cooperation in the course of the project.

The LAMATA boss said, “The existing dual carriageway will be expanded to three lanes with a BRT scheme.”

He said with the road reconstruction, 15 new bus stations and three terminals to be located at Mile 12, Agric and Ikorodu would be provided.

He also said there would be a bus depot at Majidun, while construction of nine new bridges and traffic lane on either side of the existing two-lane dual-carriageway would be carried out.

Moboreola said, “The BRT will occupy the two innermost lanes. There will also be seven pedestrian bridges to access BRT stations as well as nine pedestrian crossing points.

“Also, 12 new U-turns will be provided to allow for easy traffic flow towards Lagos and Ikorodu in addition to street lighting.”

He said when completed, 265 BRT buses would be provided and would operate between 6am and 10pm daily, adding that an estimated 160,000 passengers would be carried per day.

He said, “This corridor links the fast-growing Ikorodu town to a major centre such as Ikeja, Oshodi and the Island.

“The project will facilitate transit-oriented developments around the Ikorodu corridor and hence generate employment in the much needed area.”

He sought the cooperation of all stakeholders along the corridor as well as the general public during the constitution.

Member of House of Representatives and Chairman, House Committee on the Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the project was long awaited, stressing that when completed, it would address the transportation challenges in the area.

She urged Lagosians to obey the state’s new traffic laws as part of the measures by the government to restore sanity to the roads.