The Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA, has said that the state did not record any boat incident amid the Sallah celebrations on Friday, July 31.
LASWA in a statement by its General Manager, Oluwadamilola Emmanuel added that the video that went viral on social media was from an incident that occurred on Wednesday night.
Emmanuel said an open boat carrying 19 passengers from Apapa enroute Badagry capsized at about 6:00pm on Wednesday.
The statement said that five people were rescued, 10 confirmed dead and four were missing.
The General Manager gave a survivour’s account, that the boat captain got distracted while trying to collect fares from a passenger and the boat was overturned by the current just as some of the passengers were yet to put on their lifejackets properly.
He said: “Rescue effort was immediate as the boat was just a few metres from the landing but only five people were rescued.”
“A total of 19 passengers were involved in the incident out of which five were rescued, 10 confirmed dead and four missing including the boat deckhand.
“LASWA has apprehended the boat captain and has handed him over to marine police for further investigation and sanctions. The Emergency and Regulatory Authorities are still on a search and rescue operation,” he added.