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Six die, many missing as boat conveying 40 passengers capsizes in Benue



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Six persons lost their lives in a boat mishap which occurred in Guma Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday.

The Benue police command confirmed the development on Thursday via a statement.

The command’s spokesperson, Sewuese Anene, said in the press release that the command was made aware of the accident that occurred on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.

She said the 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.

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Ms Anene said that the combined efforts of the police and fishermen in the area 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 the state, Wale Abass, had commiserated with the families and the friends of the victims.

She added that the CP charged travellers who choose water transportation to employ maximum safety measures while travelling, especially now that the volume of water was very high.