By Our Correspondent
HOTPEN – About 30 persons are allegedly missing as a boat carrying 85 passengers capsized in Umunnankwo community of Ogbaru Local Government Council of Anambra State. The tragic incident happened on Friday.
According to an eyewitness, the boat took off from Onukwu Bridge and was heading for Nkwo market and Ogbakuba; both in Ogbaru LGA, when it capsized.
The eyewitness said so far 30 persons have been unaccounted for in the incident.
Speaking on the incident, the Transition Committee Chairman, Ogbaru Local Government Area, Hon. Pascal Aniegbuna, said some of the passengers were rescued while several others lost their lives.
Meanwhile, the former House of Representatives member representing Ogbaru Federal Constituency, Hon. Victor Afam Ogene, has expressed sadness over the unfortunate accident.
Ogene, who is the Labour Party 2023 House of Representatives candidate for Ogbaru Federal Constituency, in a statement on Saturday, said Ogbaru is devastated and in shock over the horrendous boat accident that took the precious lives of some of its sons and daughters.
“This sad news of this terrible accident is numbing and painful to me as a person and must be very devastating, especially to the immediate families of the victims. This is a collective loss for Ogbaru as a whole and we are united in sorrow.
“My condolences go to the affected families and also Ogbahu people and communities, who have in recent times found themselves in the jaws of severe flood disaster that has practically submerged all our communities and displaced thousands of people,” he said.