- The bodies of two female of same parent who were among those inside a boat that capsized in Port Hacourt on Sunday, August 5, have been recovered
- It was reported that the lifeless bodies of the infants were recovered in the creeks by a team of local divers
- Philemon Kingoli, the chairman of Okrika local government, said that he would not condone act of recklessness on the part of boat users in the waterways again
Amidst tears and wailing, a team of local divers on Tuesday, August 7, recovered the lifeless bodies of the two missing female infants identified as Destiny Amamina and Ngowari Amamina whose whereabouts were unknown when a 24 passenger boat capsized in Port Harcourt on Sunday, August 5.
NAIJ.com reports that information from Okrika, the headquarters of Okrika local government area of Rivers state confirmed that the lifeless bodies were recovered in the creeks by a team of local divers.
The NAIJ.com regional reporter in Rivers state, Tony Ihunwo, said that the chairman of the Okrika local government council, Philemon Iwoloma Kingoli, confirmed the recovery of the deceased after three days of intensive search.
"As I speak to you, we about burying them and as council, we have instituted and inquiry into what led to the accident. We'll not condone act of recklessness on the part of boat users in our waterways again. Strict marine transportation safety must be adhered to by Boat operators and their passengers.”
The spokesman of the Rivers police command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, had earlier on Tuesday, August 7, said the search is leading to the combing of the nooks and crannies of the creeks and waterways after the boat mishap that had 24 passengers on board. Out of which 22 were rescued.
"We have intesified the search for them to make sure that their bodies are recovered dead or alive."
He also said that the boat driver of the capsized boat has been arrested and in the custody of the Police and helping in the investigation on the cause of the accident.
"We want to find out the culpability or otherwise of the driver of the ill-fated boat. We want to know if there was negligence on his part in obedience of maritime safety rules and regulations."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that a 24 passenger boat capsized along the Okrika-Marine base axis near Port Harcourt on Sunday, August 5, and claimed the lives of two infants all of the same parents.
He, however, noted that two infants of the same parents could not be found after the search was concluded on Sunday, August 5, immediately after the accident occurred.
According to him, a boat operator who plies the Okrika and Marine base axis but does not want his name mentioned, said the boat was returning from Okrika to the Marine base in Port Harcourt when the accident occurred.
He said the eyewitnesses narrated that the boat operator and divers were able to rescue the 22 of the passengers while some of them were able to swim to safety but the two infants were missing and feared dead.
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