Police Arrests Steersman For Causing 12 Passengers Death Over N300
The Lagos State Police Command, Hakeem Odumosu has paraded a commercial boat steersman, Bimbo Elebiju , for allegedly causing the death of 12 of his passengers while conveying them to their destinations .
This was confirmed by the State’s Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu.
The victims were said to have drowned after the wave of a ship sailing along the Kirikiri waterfront made the boat, which engine had been switched off during an argument between Bimbo and his passengers over the fare , to capsize.
Giving account of how the incident occurred, Odumosu said 20 passengers boarded the boat from Kirikiri to Badagry , but while on the way , the passengers disagreed with the helmsman on the fare .
Odumosu said Bimbo indicated that the fare was N1 , 500 , but the passengers insisted on paying N1 , 200 , adding that the helmsman switched off the engine of the boat by the waterfront because of the N300 difference in fare .
He stated that when the ship sailed along , the wave made the boat to drift towards a stationary barge , where it capsized , adding that Bimbo jumped into the water , abandoned his passengers and escaped .
While five passengers were rescued, the CP said 10 others drowned , adding that the rescued passengers gave an account of Bimbo ’ s action before the tragedy struck .
He said Bimbo was trailed and arrested , adding that he would be charged