At least six dead in migrant boat sinking off Greece

  • As Adeleke is buried amidst tears

Greece`s coastguard said Monday at least six people have died including a young boy in a suspected migrant boat sinking off the island of Lesbos.

“A Greek navy vessel found five bodies off the island of Lesbos,” a coastguard spokeswoman told AFP.

“One more body was found later. So far the bodies of a man, four women and a boy have been recovered,” she added.

A pregnant woman was also found in the same area and was taken to hospital, the coastguard said.
No information was immediately available on the nature or size of the vessel that the suspected migrants were boarding.

Greek authorities had received no distress call prior to finding the bodies, the coastguard spokeswoman said.

Several vessels are continuing the search.

Weather conditions in the area are mild.

Greece`s Aegean Sea islands are a primary transit point for refugees and migrants seeking to reach Europe from Turkey.

Over a million people have landed in Greece since 2015, most of them fleeing civil war in Syria.

In the meantime, the remains of Sen. Isiaka Adeleke has been buried at his residence in Ede on Monday , the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The corpse was brought to the residence from Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo at about 10:46am, where the Chief Immam of Ede, Alhaji Moshood Akaje performed the funeral prayers at about 11:03 am.

Adeleke’s body was immediately buried after the prayers amidst tears by families, friends and political associates.

Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti and Ibikule Amosun of Ogun, were among the dignateris  that attended the burial.

Earlier in his sermon,  Alhaji Ibrahim Adekilekun, the Chief Imam of Ansarudeen, Ede, described Adeleke as a man loved by all during his life time.

Adekilekun, who noted that death is inevitable for all humans, urged family members not to fight anyone over Adeleke’s death.

Meanwhile, the Osun Government has declared a 3-day mourning in the state.

This is contained in a statement by Mr Semiu Okanlawon, media aide to Gov Rauf Aregbesola on Monday in Osogbo.

“This is in honour of the departed first Civilian Governor of the State of Osun, Alhaji Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke.

“The 3-day mourning period commences from Monday, April 24, 2017.

“During the period of mourning, all flags are to fly half mast,” the statement said.

Adeleke, 62, was the Senator representing Osun West Senatorial District at the Senate under the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC) before his death on Sunday at a private hospital in Osogbo.

Zee with additional report from Nation