Two passengers, Misturat Okunbanjo and Azeezat Amoo, have been confirmed dead when a boat capsized on Thursday evening in the Isawo community of the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
Four other victims were also rescued in the accident which was reported to have happened at about 8pm.
The Deputy Director of Public Affairs, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Ololade Agboola, disclosed this in a statement on Friday, adding that the capsized boat was on board from Olorunsogo to Isawo.
She said, “The accident was reported at 20:16 hours on Thursday, prompting the deployment of the Search and Rescue Crew from the agency. The crew collaborated with locals who were familiar with the terrain.
“Despite the darkness, the search continued until late at night when it was suspended. Four of the six victims on board the capsized boat crossing from Olorunsogo to Isawo were rescued.
“The crew resumed their efforts in the early hours of Friday to continue the search. Unfortunately, they recovered the bodies of two females, identified as Misturat Okunbanjo, 18, and Azeezat Amoo, 16. The recovery operation concluded at approximately 10:10 hours.”
The Director of the agency, Margaret Adeseye, also expressed regret over the deceased victims.
“We must emphasise the importance of avoiding unsafe acts around waterways and highlight ongoing efforts to educate and sensitise communities on measures to prevent such incidents,” she added.