Operatives of the Marine Unit of Nigeria Police Force have raised alarm of numbers of floating corpses on Lagos waterways, saying that between ten to fifteen dead bodies are recovered daily along the waterways and shorelines.
The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Ufuomanefe Akusu of the unit, disclosed this yesterday at an event tagged "The role of water transportation in the development of an integrated system in Lagos", organised by the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA ).
Said he, "The waterways have been experiencing turbulence in many ways and on a daily basis we recover over ten to fifteen dead bodies along Lagos waterways and coastal shorelines."
Akusu added that in the last two days over 18 passengers have been rescued between the Ikoyi bridge and the breakwaters pointing out that the police has been swift in responding to distress.
He said that there has been numerous occurrences of boat mishaps and the situation must be addressed by the relevant agencies of government adding that the situation needs urgent attention.
On the current security challenges on the waterways, Akusu called on the relevant authorities to issue plate numbers to boat operators, which would serve as a means of identification and route monitoring.
He noted that "boats use by kidnappers on the waterways don't have plate numbers and there is need for the authority to license the boats with number for effective and efficient monitoring by the police."
Akusu stated that the Lagos State government has been supportive in procuring speed boats to boost the police operations.
While assuring the readiness of police to respond promptly to distress calls, he solicited for more patrol boats from other agencies.
Speaking earlier, Managing Director of LASWA, Mr. Emmanuel Oluwadamilola, said that the event was organized to get feedback and suggestions from the operators.
He reiterated the agency's commitment in providing efficient regulatory frameworks that are geared towards enhancing safety on the waterways.
PIX: From Left : Executive Director, LAGFERRY services, Mrs. Ronke Adepite, General Manager LASEMA, Adeshina Tiamiuyu and the New Managing Director, LASWA, Mr. Damilola Emmanuel at the Second Edition of LASWA stakeholders Conference held yesterday in Lagos