Taraba govt bans night travel by boat, canoe

The Taraba State government has banned all forms of night journeys on waterways across the state.

The ban, as observed by, followed the recent boat mishap that occurred in Binneri community of Karim-Lamido local government council.

It would be recalled that a locally made boat loaded with over eighty passengers from Mayoranewo market in Ardo-Kola council, heading towards Karim-Lamido council, capsized in Binneri village, leading the loss of several lives.

As of the time of filing this report, only twenty corpses were confirmed to have been recovered by the Marine Police, in collaboration with local divers and fishermen residing in the area.

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Not comfortable with the development, the deputy governor, Alhaji Aminu Alkali, who on Sunday, on behalf of the governor, again visited the community, also ordered that all barricades on the waterways should be immediately cleared.

Issuing a seven-day-ultimatum for clearing the barricades, he said the state government would impound any boat or canoe caught on the waterways in the night.

The Commissioner for Special Duties and Social Development, Saviour Noku, said the government would no longer tolerate overloading of boats or canoes on its waterways.

He also directed operators of boats who move on the waterways without passenger manifests and life jackets to as a matter of urgency desist from such acts.

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On arriving at the scene of the incident, the deputy governor was hinted by the locals that barricades set on the waterways by fishermen caused mishap, hence his decision to issue the directives.

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