Benue Police Command has recovered 14 bodies from the River Benue boat mishap which occurred on Sunday.
Benue Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Catherine Anene, made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Makurdi.
MDB on Monday reported that the ill-fated boat had 23 members of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) onboard, traveling for a conference at Sabo Rai, in the Makurdi Local Government Area, when the incident happened.
Only two of the victims of the boat mishap were rescued.
In the latest update, Anene said 14 dead bodies have been recovered while other victims were still missing.
The PPRO stated;
The tragic incident of 5/7/2020 kept the command searching and hoping that victims of the boat mishap would be rescued alive. Regrettably, a total of 14 corpses: 8 females and 6 males, were recovered from the river while other victims still missing.
The Command commiserated with families of the deceased and prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
The spokesperson added;
Members of the public are advised to employ all protective measures and caution while sailing, as turbulent flow of water during the rainy season can create unforeseen circumstances.
The CP, while sympathizing with the bereaved, commended the frantic efforts made by sailors and communities around the river bank during the rescue operation. He urged them to educate their wards about the dangers of using water ways during this period.