Tragedy occurred on Saturday as a major flood swept away some moving vehicles along with their occupants at Orile Agege area of Lagos.
While two of the occupants of the vehicles are still missing, four others have been rescued by some residents of the area.
The victims, three in each of the vehicles, were driving along Fatoki street, in Orile Agege, when the flood swept them into an uncompleted drainage in the area.
This is even as 14 persons, out of 16 passengers, onboard a commercial boat, that took off from Mile 2 and heading to Ibeshe, have been declared missing.
Two residents of Orile-Agege have also been declared missing,Two of the occupants of the vehicles that were swept away swam their way to safety while the other two were rescued by some residents.
CASEFILE learnt that the driver’s of the vehicles refused to listen to the call urging them to make a u-turn, but rather headed straight into the flooded area.
Rescuers from both the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and those from the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, as well as those from the fire service were still searching for the two missing persons at the time of this report.
Public Relations Officer of NEMA in the South-West Region, Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the unfortunate incidents, saying rescue officials were on ground.
In another development, no fewer than 14 passengers onboard a commercial boat heading to Ibeshe from Mile 2 are presently missing.
The commercial boat which took off from Mile 2 was heading to Ibeshe with 16 persons onboard when the boat capsized on Friday night.
The incident occurred along the Kirikiri water channel around 7:45p.m on Friday but the news broke on Saturday morning.
Operators of the boat was said to have violated the safety rules by operating beyond the approved time for commercial boats in Lagos.
A statement by the Lagos Area Manager of the National Inland Waterways Authority, NIWA, Eng Sarat Braimah, revealed that, 16 passengers were onboard the ill-fated boat as at the time of the accident.
“At about 7:45 today the 8th of July 2022, The National Inland Waterways Authority and Lagos State waterways authority received a distress call of an incident on the waterways.
“A W19 passenger Fibre boat carrying 16 people capsized along the Ojo area of the state.The Boat going from Mile 2 to Ibeshe in Ojo axis broke the waterways rules of late travelling by setting sail at 7:45p.m. As he set out, the tide of the water drifted the boat to a stationary barge which caused the boat to overturn.
“It is said that all passengers on board which includes children were not all putting on their life jackets.
“The Search and Rescue team of the Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA, National Inland Waterways, NIWA, were immediately mobilized to the scene of the incident but unfortunately could only find the boat after several hours while efforts are still ongoing to locate the victims.The Boat is currently in the custody of Marine Police. The Boat Captain is also unaccounted for as at the time of this press release” she stated.
The accident occurred barely three days after a similar incident in Lagos.
Two ladies, out of 20 persons, died in a boat mishap at Ipakodo area of Lagos on Wednesday.