Death toll in Benue boat mishap rises to 26, five bodies recovered

Five more bodies were yesterday, recovered from River Benue by local fishermen and the Police taking the number of victims of Sunday’s boat mishap on River Benue at Ijaha community, an outskirt of Makurdi Local Government Area, LGA, to 26.

The victims said to be children of Mobile Police personnel of MOPOL 13 in Makurdi and members of the youth wing of Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA, Adeke Makurdi, were on their way to an annual church retreat for youths when the boat which they were travelling in capsized midstream due to overloading.

The victims were crossing from Agbor, Innyongu Area of Wadata to a village in an island opposite Kwaghter called Ole-Gabu, for the Annual Church Retreat.

One of the families lost five children in the mishap while another lost 17-year-old triplets.

Though the state Police Command had earlier confirmed that 21 persons were missing in the boat mishap and that the boat was conveying members of ECAN Church Ijaha, it was later discovered that the victims, who died in the mishap, were 26 in number and were youths of ECWA Church Adeke.

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