MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Charles Nwabardi
A student of the Nigeria Maritime University(NMU), Okerenkoko, Warri, Delta State and a caterer attached to the institution and some others have drowned during a boat mishap on their way to Warri.
The deceased student identified as Popo Precious, a Marine Engineering Cadet, Tamar 3 alongside other passengers were said to be travelling on a boat from Okerenkoko to Warri when the incident took place at the recently.
It was gathered that the victims boarded a private boat instead of the school boat which they already paid for as part of their fees.
Other students who boarded the boat were rescued by the driver.
Although investigation is still ongoing to discover the cause of the accident, some of the surviving victims said that the boat capsized.
Atlanticnewsonline gathered that some of the passengers who did not know how to swim, including locals were not on their lifejackets.
A source said corpses of the deceased were later recovered by local divers.
The deceased student, an Ijaw by tribe, was said to have been buried by his family on Friday evening while the corpse of the caterer was deposited at the Warri Central Hospital.
A top official of the University who confirmed the incident to journalists on Sunday October 3, said that the boat driver has been arrested by operatives of Marine Police.
“They boarded a private boat against the school rule that students and staff should only make use of school owned boats and any other provided by management to ferry students to Warri,” the official said.
“It was on their way going that the boat capsized. Unfortunately, one of our students and caterer drowned in the process. We do not know exactly what happened but the boat driver is already answering questions from police.
“The school has never recorded a case of boat mishap since we commenced academic activities.” he added.