One drowns; LASWA rescues 19 passengers in boat mishap

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The Lagos State Government has confirmed the rescue of 19 passengers in a boat mishap which occurred on Tuesday in Oworonshoki end of Third Mainland Bridge.

Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) confirmed the development in a statement issued to newsmen.

The statement said 19 passengers in the boat were rescued, while one of passenger lost her life.

It said the passenger boat, identified as SEALINK, was travelling from Ikorodu to CMS.

It said the incident occurred at about 9.30 a.m when the boat hit a submerged object.

The statement said the 19 passengers were taken to Ebute Ero Jetty from where they were transferred to the hospital.

It added that the agency was investigating the cause of the accident.

“LASWA emergency response team recovered the remains of a female passenger (identified as a police officer attached to zone two police station).

“The corpse was handed over to Marine Police. Her husband is an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).

“The submerged SEALINK Boat has been salvaged and towed to a secure location off the waterways.

“Salvaging Operations is also taking place to retreive get the submerged wooden boat off the navigable channel, “ the statement said.

According to the statement, the crew members of the boat have been taken to police custody for further investigation.

It said the government commiserated with the family of the deceased passenger, adding that government would not relent in coming up with policies and programmes that would ensure safety on the waterways.

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    The News Agency of Nigeria reporter observed this on Wednesday when he visited different betting centres in Ilorin.

    NAN reports that both unemployed and workers have embraced various kinds of betting as an alternative to survive.

    A civil servant, Dayo Olaolu, told NAN that he was surviving
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    “I am not a gambler, but the situation in the country has forced me to it now as there is no alternative at the moment,” he said.

    A fashion designer, Quadri Idris, said he had been trying his luck to win a bet to cater for his family’s needs as his business was no
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    Moses Olawale of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, said betting had been of help to him to
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    Felix John, one of the Managers of Bet9ja in Olunlade Area,
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    “I am shocked at the high rate of patronage these days. This centre is always overcrowded that you hardly see space to place your legs,”
    he said.

    NAN reports that various betting houses are in town such as Bet9ja, Naira bet, Bet 360, Bet 1X2.

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