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Actors’ death: NSIB probes Anambra boat mishap

The Nigeria Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) has commenced investigation into the fatal boat accident that occurred on the Anam River in Anambra State on Wednesday,…

The Nigeria Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) has commenced investigation into the fatal boat accident that occurred on the Anam River in Anambra State on Wednesday, April 10, 2024.

The boat was conveying twelve actors and crew members and a boat operator before it crashed resulting in a loss of five passengers, including popular Nollywood actor, Mr Paul Odonwodo, popularly known as Junior Pope.

Others who died in the incident were Ms Abigail Frederick, Mr Precious Oforum, and Mr Joseph Anointing.

The Director General of NSIB, Captain Alex Badeh jn, in a statement by the Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Mrs Bimbo Olawumi Oladeji, said an investigation team had been dispatched to the accident site, and inquiry had begun.

The DG said, “The NSIB extends its deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives in this heartbreaking accident. We share in your grief and are fully committed to conducting a thorough investigation to determine the cause of this tragedy and prevent similar occurrences in the future.

“The investigation scope includes, but is not limited to: examination of the wreckage from both vessels involved in the collision, interviews with surviving crew members, and eyewitnesses, review of operational procedures for the commercial speed boat, analysis of weather and environmental conditions at the time of the accident, and assessment of compliance with relevant safety standards and regulations for inland waterway transportation.

“NSIB will collaborate with relevant authorities, including the Marine Police section of the Anambra State Police Command, maritime authorities, and industry experts during the investigation.”

The bureau responsible for investigation of accidents and incidents in all modes of transportation promised to release its findings in a preliminary report, followed by a final report upon the conclusion of investigation.

“These reports aim to enhance safety by providing recommendations to prevent similar accidents in the future,” the statement added.

 

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