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How N300 caused the death of 12 Travellers in Lagos

Lagos State Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu explained on Tuesday how the insistence of a commercial boat operator, Elebiju Bimbo, on collecting N1,500 from his passengers instead of N1,200 led to the death of 12 Travellers in Lagos.

Odumosu explained that the operator of the boat took off from a private jetty at Kirikiri and was heading for Badagry when he (boat operator) suddenly switched off the engine of his boat, and hiked the fair from N1,200 to N1,500.

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The Lagos State Police boss, who paraded the suspect, revealed that a heated argument ensued between the passengers and the boat driver. He said the boat then drifted until it collided with a barge as a result of the wave generated by a bigger boat that was passing by. At the time of the incident, 20 persons were on board of the ill-fated boat, out of which only eight persons survived the mishap and 12 Travellers in Lagos.

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