SP Okasanmi Ajayi, the spokesperson of the Kwara State Police Command has confirmed the death of over 100 wedding guests in a boat mishap in Patigi Local Government Area of the state that occurred on June 12, 2023. HE released a statement on Wednesday;
‘’On leaving the shore, one part of the boat by the engine side collapsed where water penetrated the boat, which ultimately led to the boat capsizing. All efforts to draw the attention of the villagers hosting the wedding ceremony for assistance by the persons in the boat proved abortive, leading to the deaths of about one hundred and six (106) people.
Among the casualties were people from Ebu Village with 61 casualties, Dzakan Village with 38, Kpada Village with 4 dead, and three (3) other casualties from Kogi State, putting the total number of casualties at one hundred and six (106) and the total number of rescued people at about one hundred and forty-four (144).” he said
He also said that that the Commissioner of Police in the state shares in the grief of the families of the bereaved. Furthermore, asked the policemen to continue providing security for the victims that were saved until they fully recover.