The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps’ Ondo State Command verified this in a statement in Akure, the Ondo State capital at the weekend, saying the disaster occurred recently at various sites in the state’s Ilaje and Irele Local Government Areas.
Mr Olufemi Omole, the command’s Public Relations Officer, delivered the statement on Sunday in Akure, the state capital.
In a statement, the state Commandant of the Corps, Dr. Hameed Abodunrin, expressed concern about the waterways travelers’ careless attitude toward safety measures, claiming that the victims died in the mishaps due to their failure to put on the life jackets.
He stated that the command is prepared to arrest boat or ferry operators, as well as their passengers, who breach waterway safety laws.
“A boat incident in the Ilaje Local Government Area claimed the life of one passenger and injured 15 others as a result of overspeeding and failure to use life jackets,” he stated.
“Also there was an occurrence when a speed boat left Ugbonla for Igbenefa in Ilaje LGA and encountered a collision with a bigger wooden boat from on the high sea in the night, leading to the death of a passenger while four others were terribly injured.”
The state commandant further disclosed that his men were “deployed in Iyasan in Irele Local Government Area for rescue operations as two victims of boat mishap – Oki Michael and Omogbehin Adebayo’s dead bodies were recovered.”
He warned, “It is high time our people placed premise on the value of human life; we have warned repeatedly that no transporter or passenger should travel the waterways without putting on their life jackets. Henceforth, the command’s Marine Special Force would be on patrol and violators be arrested,”