Sat, 15 Aug 2020

LAGOS, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Nigerian police on Tuesday said 14 bodies have been recovered following a boat mishap in the state of Benue on Sunday.

Catherine Anene, state police spokesperson, said only two were rescued alive while the other victims were still missing.

A total of 23 passengers were aboard the boat, which sank midstream while sailing toward Makurdi, capital of the north-central Nigerian state.

The passengers were identified as members of a local church who were attending a conference at the time of the incident, Anene added.

The incident occurred two days after an ill-fated ferry, carrying 21 people including the captain, sank in Lagos, the country's commercial hub. Seven were confirmed dead and 14 others were rescued alive in the incident.

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