Boat Mishap: Police Declare Two Children Missing

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Senior police officers at a public function in Abuja, recently.

The Rivers State Police Command says it has arrested the driver of the boat that reportedly capsised on Monday, along Abuloma/Kalio Ama water way.
The State police public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Nnamdi Omoni disclosed this while speaking with journalists in Port Harcourt, Monday on the recurring boat mishaps in the state.
It will be recalled that a boat conveying 24 passengers from Marine Base Jetty enroute to Okrika was capsised along Abuloma Kalio-Ama waterways leaving two children of same parents Destiny and Ngowari Alamima missing.
It was learnt that the incident occurred at about 3.pm on Monday along Kalio Ama/Abuloma waterway.
A source said that the boat was carrying 24 passengers including two children, and added that 22 passengers were rescued with the aid of marine policemen and other local divers within the area.
The source further disclosed that the efforts have been intensified to find the remaining missing two passengers who are children of same parents.
The source attributed the caused of the accident to over speeding and recklessness-of the boat driver, adding that the accident could have been avoided if the driver had applied safety cautions.
The police spokesperson in the state averred that the arrest was on the order of the Commissioner of Police, CP Zaki Mohammed and that the investigation was on-going to ascertain the culpability of the arrested boat mishap driver.
He is helping the police with investigation on his culpability and recklessness, if found culpable he face the full wrath of the law” he added.
Omoni used the opportunity to call on the relevant government authorities to enforce the rules and laws governing the transportation sector in the waterways adding that the Marine Police officials cannot be everywhere.
“Let the Local Government Council rise up to the challenges and enforce these laws and ensure that every passenger wears the protective vest while boarding .” he added.