Nscdc cautions against overloading as boat mishap claims one life in Ilaje, Ondo State

Written by on August 9, 2021

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Ondo State Command has called on the general public to exercise caution while plying through the waterways.

This was made available to the Newsmen by the Command Public Relations Officer, DSC Olufemi Omole on Sunday 8th August 2021.

According to The Statement reads thus the State Commandant of the NSCDC, Commandant Hammed Abodunrin issued out the disaster alert cautioning the Boat or Ferry transporters at the riverine areas of the State to desist from overloading of Passengers and goods which could lead to an unprecedented mishap.

Commandant Hammed cited the recent occurrence at Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State where many where one of the passengers lost his life while many others were left injured.

Information has it that the boat in question left Awoye and was heading to Igbokoda market before the Engine later failed. 

It was gathered that all efforts to save the mishap from happening proved abortive as the wave of the sea took off the boat, leaving one dead while 15 sustained degrees of wounds

The NSCDC boss said the accident would have been averted if the transporter did not overload the boat and the passengers involved had put on their life Jackets.

While expressing his condolences to the deceased family he relayed that the rainy seasons are imminent hence the need to exercise a duty of care while sailing on the Sea.

The Command Helmsman also explained That the Ondo Command is fully committed to Safeguarding all Critical National Assets and Infrastructure, Intelligence gathering, Anti-Vandalism, Disaster Management amongst others.

He however issued a stern warning that any Boat transporter caught in the act of risking the lives of innocent citizens by overspeeding and overloading would be arrested and prosecuted under the law.

Source: Our Correspondent

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