The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso said the police are investigating what went wrong regarding the July 8 MILE 2 – Ibeshe boat mishap.
He disclosed this through a press release made available to newsmen, revealing that the state is treating the disheartening incident as criminal.
According to him, the order for the investigation was from the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who expressed deep sadness over the incident while commiserating with the families who lost their loved ones.
The affected boat according to him is unlicensed and had blatantly broken the waterways rules of “no night travel” and “no overloading”, adding that not all the passengers on board wore life jackets, while the boat did not also take off from a government-approved jetty.
He vowed that anybody found to have contributed in any way to the tragedy would face the law to prevent a repeat of such in the future, pointing out that the waterways rules and regulations were clear and must be respected in accordance with the greatest value that the Sanwo-Olu administration places on human life.
Omotosho, who said the thoughts and prayers of the state government were with the bereaved families, prayed the Almighty to strengthen the families in such a difficult time.