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Taraba finds 20 bodies and bans travel by night boat

According to Rescuer Noku, the Commissioner for Special Duties and Social Development in Taraba State, at least 20 people have been found dead following the boat tragedy that occurred on October 28 in the Benue River in the Mayo-Renewo-Karim Lamido Waterway.

This was disclosed by Noku on Saturday while offering condolences to the relatives of those who lost their lives in the tragic tragedy that occurred at Binneri hamlet in Karim Lamido Local Government Area of ​​the state.

Besides expressing condolences to the relatives of the dead and the community, the Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaji Aminu Alkali, expressed grief over the incident and stated that the government would ban night travel on all waterways of the state to prevent recurrence to prevent. of it.

Blaming the incident on barricades on the waterways by fishermen in attempts to catch fish, the Deputy Governor directed that all barricades on the waterways be cleared within seven days.

“This sad development is unacceptable. This incident, we were told, was caused by barricades on the waterways by fishermen.

“The government has therefore banned all night navigation on the waterways, and all barricades on the waterways must be cleared within seven days.

“In addition, all passengers must don a life jacket before boarding boats in the state. And from now on, passengers’ IDs on board boats must be confiscated before departure,” he said.

Our correspondent reports that a boat carrying 104 passengers, mostly women and children, capsized in the Benue River on October 28 while returning from Mayo-Renewo fish market in Ardo-Kola local government to Binneri in Karim Lamido local government. administrative area of ​​the state.

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