‘Victims being wedding guests makes it more painful’ — Tinubu orders probe of Kwara boat mishap



President Bola Tinubu has ordered a thorough investigation into the death of scores in a boat accident in Kwara.


About 100 persons returning from a wedding event died after the boat conveying them capsized in Egbu village, in the Patigi LGA of the state.


The boat was reportedly overloaded.


The victims— including women and children — were said to be returning to their base in Patigi from Egboti, a community in Niger state.


In a statement on Wednesday signed by Abiodun Oladunjoye, state house director of information, President Tinubu expressed sadness over the accident.


The president said his administration will look into the challenges of inland water transportation in the country “to ensure that safety and operational standards are strictly adhered to”.


“I am deeply saddened by the news of the tragic boat accident that claimed the lives of our people in Kwara state. That the victims were guests at a wedding ceremony made the unfortunate accident more painful,” the president said.


 “My heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of victims of the tragic mishap.


“I also sympathise with the government and people of Kwara state over the accident. May all loved ones find comfort.


“The Kwara state government and relevant federal agencies should work together to unravel the immediate and remote causes of this unfortunate accident. Immediate relief and necessary assistance should also be provided to the survivors and families of victims.”

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