By Nicholas Dechi, Makurdi.
The Police Command in Benue State on Thursday confirmed the death of six persons in a boat accident, which occurred in Guma Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
A statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Benue, SP, Sewuese Anene, confirmed the incident in Makurdi.
Anene said that the command got information on Tuesday at 1.00 p.m. that a boat, transporting 40 passengers from Guma LGA to Buruku LGA for business, capsized in the river around Fada village in Guma LGA of the state.
She said that the combined efforts of the police and fishermen in the neighbourhood led to the rescue of 26 passengers, who were taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.
She said that six corpses were recovered and a search for the remaining eight passengers was ongoing.
The police spokesperson said that the Commissioner of Police in Benue, CP Wale Abass, had commiserated with the families and the friends of the victims.
She added that the police commissioner advised travellers, who choose water transportation, to adopt maximum safety measures while travelling, particularly now that the volume of water was very high.