10 Feared Dead, 20 Missing After a Boat Carrying Illegal Immigrants From Nigeria Sank In Gabon

On the 21st
of June ,10 people drowned and another 20 remain unaccounted for after a boat
from Nigeria sank off the coast of Gabon, according to a  police official .
The boat had left
Nigeria carrying West African clandestine migrants and was within 15 minutes of
arriving in Gabon’s capital Libreville when it went down late on Tuesday night.
Gabonese authorities rescued 23 people and the search is

still on.

According to a
member of the Nautical Brigade of Gabon’s national police who asked not to be
named he said, “they had six bodies and since yesterday morning they have found
four more, which makes a total of 10 recovered bodies”,
Police said the
survivors where from Benin, Nigeria and Burkina Faso, they claimed to have each
paid the boat’s crew up to 500,000 CFA to take them to Gabon where they hoped
to find work.
The cause of the
sinking is being investigated by Gabonese authorities.
Oil-rich Gabon’s
relatively high wages for manual labourers have made the central African nation
a popular destination for regional migrants. But entrance requirements are
strict, pushing many to enter the country illegally, often using the dangerous
sea route from Nigeria.
At least 45
people died when a wooden boat carrying 166 migrants bound for Gabon capsized
off Nigeria in March.
Some 35 people
taking the same route died after their boat sank off Cameroon in 2008.

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