Twelve persons have been confirmed dead and six others rescued after a boat capsized on Tuesday night in Lagos, according to emergency rescue officials.
The incident occurred at the 4th Avenue, opposite 41 Road in Festac at about 7:30pm.
The General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, told Channels Television that six people had been rescued from the boat and were receiving treatment at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital.
He said 11 bodies were recovered from the scene on Tuesday and one found on Wednesday morning. The corpses have been taken to Yaba Mortuary for examination.
National Emergency Management Agency had released the total number of bodies recovered as 13, but Oke-Osanyintolu insisted that the Federal Government agency was not represented at the scene on Tuesday.
The commanding officer, NNS Victory, Commodore James Oluwole has said that his command will rid Calabar of pirates, pipeline vandals, and sea robbers, adding that safety will be restored to the coastal city.
Commodore Oluwole said this, while parading a suspected pirate, Orok Okon who was caught with several gallons of stolen petrol.
Commodore Oluwole told journalists in the Cross River State capital that Okon was caught with stolen PMS from the NNPC Jetty in Calabar, as he was heading to the dry land for sales before being apprehended.
The product had been stored in gallons and hipped into a large wooden boat from the waters.
According to the Commodore, luck ran out of one of the suspects, Orok Okon who was the only one caught as others escaped on siting the BASE Operation officers and his men on patrol.
Oluwole said that the Navy in synergy with other security agencies will continue to join hands with the Chief of Naval Staff’s campaign on ‘Say No to Crude Oil Theft, be Warned by The Nigerian Navy’ to fight sea pirates until crime on the water ways is eradicated to zero level.
He promised to ensure safety on Nigeria’s waterways.
The suspect, the commodore added, will be handed over to NSCDC for further prosecution to serve as a deterrent to others still involved in this economic sabotage.
The Navy is insisting that its helicopter which crashed last Saturday in Okoloba community in Bayelsa state was certified to fly by a ‘Certified Technical Support Engineer’.
The Navy made the clarification on a day the investigation team set up by the federal government led by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba arrived Bayelsa state capital, Yenagoa to commence investigation on the crashed Chopper that killed the former governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa, former National Security Adviser, Andrew Azazi along with their aides.
Chief of Training and Operations at Naval Headquarters, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogbor who made the disclosure in Abuja said that contrary to insinuations that the Augusta 105 helicopter that crashed had engine problems, the helicopter was certified to fly by a ‘Certified Technical Support Engineer’.
Rear Admiral Ogbor added that the Navy has in its fold, experienced and trained pilots.
Contrary to allegations that airlines in Nigeria cut corners in order to maximize profit, the Chairman, Technical and Administrative Review Panel on Domestic Airlines, Group Captain John Obakpolor on Tuesday said there are no sharp practices in the country’s aviation industry.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Captain Obakpolor sharp practices in the industry worked before. “Now you are monitored and you are followed,” he said.