Three people are dead following a boating accident in Lagos. A passenger boat en-route Badore in Ajah to Egbin jetty, in Ijede, Ikorodu, capsized at about 8.30pm on Saturday shortly after departing the jetty.
Three other passengers who fell into the water were rescued but several others aboard the vessel remain missing.
Investigators say the boat left the jetty overloaded with about 21 passengers, which made it difficult to maintain balance and was subsequently overturned by heavy currents. It was further learned that the jetty from which the boat took off was operated illegally and under the cover of darkness. The passengers were not wearing life jackets.
The ill-fated boat had been recovered and towed away by the Marine Police.
Rescue and recovery efforts are being managed by LASEMA, LASWA, Lagos State Fire Services, and Marine Police.