From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
The Benue State Police Command yesterday recovered another 14 dead bodies of victims of a boat mishap on River Benue.
It should be noted that the police had on Monday recovered three(3) bodies even as it was learnt that another 2 bodies were later recovered in the evening.
In a statement signed by the Command Public Relations’ Officer, PPRO DSP Catherine Anene, said those recovered include eight(8) females and five(5) males.
“The command commiserates with families of the deceased and prayed that Almighty God will grant them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
“Members of the public are advised to employ all protective measures and caution while sailing, as turbulent flow of water during the rainy season can create unforeseen circumstances.
“The CP while sympathizing with the bereaved, commend the frantic efforts made by sailors and communities around the river bank during the rescue operation and urge them to educate their wards about the dangers of using water ways during this period”, the statement said.
It could be recalled more than 28 members of ECWA Church, mostly youths who were on their way to a conference across the river Benue, had their canoe capsized midstream with only two (2) paddlers rescued alive by the police.