NSIB Commences Investigation into Anam Boat Accident

Ugo Aliogo

The Nigeria Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) has launched an investigation into the fatal boat accident that occurred on the Anam River in Anambra State.

In a statement signed and made available to THISDAY by the Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau, Mrs. Bimbo Oladeji, it was noted that the tragic incident involved a commercial speedboat and a fishing canoe.

The statement revealed that the boat carrying 12 film crew members and a boat operator reportedly crashed into the canoe, resulting in the loss of five lives, adding that among the deceased was a popular Nollywood actor, Mr. Paul Odonwodo, professionally known as Junior Pope; Ms. Abigail Frederick, Mr. Precious Oforum, and Mr. Joseph Anointing.

The Director General of NSIB, Captain Alex Badeh Jr, 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 occurrence in the future.

“An investigation team has been dispatched to the accident site, and inquiry has begun, and the investigation scope includes, but is not limited to the 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.”

Continuing, the statement, noted: “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 will release its findings in a preliminary report followed by a final report upon the investigation’s conclusion. These reports aim to enhance safety by providing recommendations to prevent similar accidents in the future.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims affected by the Anam boat mishap.”

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