Boat Explosion in Lagos leaves at least 1 Dead & 9 Injured

Over the weekend, at least one person died and nine others injured when a boat in which they were travelling in exploded around the Walter Carrington Way, Victoria Island, Lagos.
According to Sun News, the boat which belongs to Aquitien Oil and Gas Limited is said to have taken off from Lekki and was heading towards Apapa before it exploded, trapping all 10 persons on board.
The body of the deceased identified as Emmanuel Onu has allegedly been recovered from the water, while efforts were said to be ongoing to recover the bodies of other victims.
The news publication reports on the actual number of people dead from the incident, but police officers in Lagos maintain that only one person died.
Relatives of the passengers say that are yet to know where those reportedly rescued were taken.
The explosion allegedly occurred when the boat operator tried to refuel before the Mekeun area. “It was in the process of refuelling that the vessel exploded, trapping all the passengers on board.” said an onlooker.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)’s Public Relations Officer Ibrahim Farinloye also confirmed the incident.
“A case of boat explosion that occurred on Friday, August 15 2014, which injured several passengers who were immediately rescued by volunteers and taken to different hospitals in Lagos Island, has just reported to NEMA.
“The boat, which was said to belong to Aquitien Oil and Gas, took off from V-Craft Jetty, Lekki Phase 1 and while trying to refill gasoline at Capital Oil Jetty at Victoria Island, the engine exploded. A relative Emmanuel Omu, Sunday Ezugha, called and narrated that the owner of the boat, Aquitien Oil and Gas, could not be reached since the incident occurred. Emmanuel Omu has not been found as report indicated that he was rescued and taken to hospital. But his whereabouts had not been known till now,” he said.
9 people have been rescued but are injured.

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Victor Ndah

We really need to be carefull especially in this kind of situation, and i think some people will conclude that it is boko haran if it has not been said already…


Thank God many lives are not lost and eternal rest to the departed


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