No fewer than six people are believed to have been feared drowned in
Ogurude, Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River State.
Investigations by csomedia.com.ng correspondent revealed that the incident occurred about one hundred and fifty kilometres from Calabar as people were returning from a burial from a village which is on the other side of the state.
“The canoe was overloaded and some people were advised to stay back, but they insisted on going and the boat driver who was eager to
collect money allowed more than the required number to board and
mid-river the boat capsized”. Ignatius Okpa, a teacher in the village said those who drowned were not indigenes of the area but visitors who came from another local
government area for the burial.” They came from Akamkpa Local Government Area to attend the burial of the father of their friend and were unable to swim so when the boat went down the boatman and others from the area swam to safety whilethe visitors got drowned,” Okpa said.
He stated that a team of divers has searched for the victims has
recovered some bodies while the search for the others was still in
progress as at the time of this report.
“This incident is uncalled-for. A boat donated by the state government
is parked at the shore of the river at Ogurude with its engine
removed”. He said if the boat donated by the government is functional, the incident would have been avoided. Mr Friday Okpeche, the member representing the area in the State House of Assembly says he was in the area to ascertain what happened and to condole families of the victim.