The Lagos State Commissioner of Police,
Hakeem Odumosu, has narrated how a commercial boat operator caused the death of 12 passengers over N300.
According to Odumosu, the operator identified as Elebiju Bimbo hiked the boat fare from N1200 to N1500 in the middle of the water.
The boat took off from a private jetty at Kirikiri and was heading for Badagry when he (boat operator) suddenly switched off the engine of his boat, and hiked the fair from N1,200 to N1,500.
A heated argument ensued between the passengers and the boat driver over his behaviour.
The boat then drifted until it collided with a barge as a result of the wave generated by a bigger boat that was passing by.
“At the time of the incident, 20 persons were on board of the ill-fated boat, out of which only eight persons survived the mishap,” the commissioner said.
Source : AN24.net