In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 11th, August, 2020

Badagry Boat Accident Survivor Recounts How 16 Passengers Died Due To The Driver’s Greed

Badagry Boat Accident Survivor Recounts How 16 Passengers Died Due To The Driver's Greed

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Badagry Boat Accident Survivor Recounts How 16 Passengers Died Due To The Driver’s Greed

Moruf Kelani, a survivor of the July 29, 2020, boat mishap by which 16 individuals drowned on Badagry waterways, has blamed the incident on greed by boat operators and regulatory officers.

In accordance with the survivor: “Usually, we don’t pay fares till we get to our vacation spot, however that day, the boatman insisted on gathering the cash.

He thought that it could be troublesome to gather N1,500 from passengers after they arrive Badagry as a substitute of the conventional N1200, so he began gathering the fares on the level of departure.

As an alternative of the assistant boatman to begin the boat engine, he was supervising the boatman that was gathering fare till we reached the excessive sea with out beginning the engine.

We realized that the excessive present was pushing the boat close to the parked barge round Kirikiri, we shouted at him to begin the engine but it surely was too late because the robust present pushed the boat underneath the parked barge at Kirikiri.

When the boat capsized, the boatman and his assistant swam out of the lagoon as a result of they have been consultants. Then, out of the 17 passengers that went down after the boat mishaps, God saved me.

I discovered myself deep down contained in the lagoon, struggling to outlive. As I used to be arising from the ocean struggling to outlive, making an attempt to succeed in the highest, my hand touched the boat as a result of the boat sank with us.

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Then, all of the sudden, God gave me an intuition to carry on to the boat that it’s going to float as a result of it was manufactured from fiber. I held onto it with one in every of my fingers until we reached the highest. I can’t see something and I can’t swim.

After the boat had floated out, I grasp my leg across the boat and my head on someplace on the boat for about 30 minutes with hope that earlier than the boat will get to Liverpool jetty, a saviour will come.

My head was exterior and I used to be in a position to breath because the excessive present from the ocean was carrying the boat from one place to different.

The remaining 16 passengers, together with my pal and enterprise companion, Benjamin Ojerinola, perished contained in the deep sea on account of greed of the boatman.”

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