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27 Apr 2004 11:55
More than 30 people were feared drowned after the boat they were travelling on capsized on Lagos lagoon near Nigeria’s biggest city, police spokesperson Emmanuel Ighodalo said on Tuesday.
“Of the more than 30 passengers inside the boat when the accident happened last Saturday, only three corpses have so far been recovered as at Monday afternoon. They are still looking for other bodies,” he said in a telephone interview.
The Guardian, an influential Lagos-based newspaper, reported on Tuesday on its front page that at least 40 people may have died in the accident.
The victims were returning from a burial when the boat capsized, Ighodalo said.
He said that overloading, which, along with speeding and poor maintenance, is often blamed for boat accidents in Nigeria, might have been responsible for the capsizing.—Sapa-AFP
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