The Kwara State Police Command has confirmed the death of at least 103 people in the boat capsized which occurred in the Patigi Local Government Area (LGA) on Monday.
The Kwara Police spokesman, SP Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed the sad news in an official statement.
According to Okasanmi, the deceased were all returning from a wedding in nearby Niger State on Monday when the boat that was transporting them capsized.
“The names of survivors will be made public as soon as they are available,”
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Transition Implementation Committee in Patigi LGA, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim Liman, stated that approximately 110 passengers lost their lives in the accident.
“Almost 110 people died in the boat mishap in our area,” Liman, while quoting from a statement by one Alhassan Bala Mohammed, a community leader in the Patigi area, said.
“We are going to tell you about the terrible incident and unforgettable memory that occurred to my people from our village and other neighbouring villages.
“Our village people went to a wedding celebration in another village called Gboti and the boat carried about 270 people, and almost 110 people were lost,” Liman said on a very sad note.
He further said that from their record, 61 people from his village, Ebu, died in the boat capsized with 38 from Gakpan, four from Kpada, two from Kuchalu and one other person from Sampi.
“This is an unforgettable incident in the history of our village,” he said.
On the other hand, Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has sympathized with the people of Patigi on the boat mishap which many people lives were lost in the incident while some other people are still missing.
In a statement on Tuesday, the governor expressed sadness with the reports of the boat accident involving several people, particularly residents of Ebu, Dzakan, Kpada, Kuchalu and Sampi all in Patigi.
“The Governor sends his heartfelt condolences to the people of these communities and those from other states. He prays to Almighty Allah to repose the souls of the victims.
“The Governor, meanwhile, continues to monitor the rescue efforts already mounted, since Monday night, in search of possible survivors.
“He commends the alertness of the Etsu Patigi His Royal Highness Alhaji Ibrahim Umar Bologi II and other local government authorities for the efforts to save as many people as possible who survived the mishap,” the statement read.