Gabon Boat Accident Killed 10 Nigerians As 33 Illegal Immigrants Risk Their Lives

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June 22, 2013 – Boat Carrying Illegal Immigrants Sinks In Gabon, 33 Nigerians Killed

Boat Accident In Gabon Killed 10 Nigerians As Illegal Immigrants Embark On A Dangerous Journey – 23 Still Missing

10 people drowned and another 20 remain unac counted for after a boat from Nigeria sank off the coast of Gabon, a police official said yesterday.

The boat had left Nigeria carrying West African clandestine migrants and was within 15 minutes of arriving in Gabon’s capital Libreville when it went down late on Tuesday night. Gabonese authorities rescued 23 people and the search continued into yesterday.

“Last night, we had six bodies and since this morning we have found four more, which makes a total of 10 recovered bodies,” said a member of the Nautical Brigade of Gabon’s national police who asked not to be named.

Police said the survivors – from Benin, Nigeria and Burkina Faso-claimed to have each paid the boat’s crew up to 500,000 CFA to take them to Gabon where they hoped to find work.

Local newspapers reported that the human traffickers attempted to extort more money from the immigrants and had begun throwing those who could not pay overboard.

Gabonese authorities said they were investigating the cause of the sinking.

Oil-rich Gabon’s relatively high wages for manual labourers have made the central African nation a popular destination for regional migrants.

But entrance requirements are strict, pushing many to enter the country illegally, often using the dangerous sea route from Nigeria.

At least 45 people died when a wooden boat carrying 166 migrants bound for Gabon capsized off Nigeria in March.

Some 35 people taking the same route died after their boat sank off Cameroon in 2008.

[Report by The Nation]

11 thoughts on “Gabon Boat Accident Killed 10 Nigerians As 33 Illegal Immigrants Risk Their Lives

  1. it is a pity that whatever bad news comes from nigeriA. Always making illegal moves.
    well, may their soul rest in peace. they saw what they asked for.

  2. navy was by passed.that is why we need a govt that listens,all in the name of saerchn for daily bread.may d lord judge u all

  3. life is too shot to risk; what you will be, you will be; take example of a spiders it do not go too far for is needs ,it needs meet it where it is.may their RIP AMEN.

  4. they said Oil rich gabon, where all African immigrant looking for good pay job in Life, are we not Oil rich country,why Nigerian will die going to Gabon to look for job,this time not even Europe again.I beg our youths stand up for ur right,we have to go to the street in all part of this useless country call Nigeria to save our future from this Thieft coruppt Leaders we burn dow all this Political party offices,house,seneat and all their house and property we take everything over and start new beging b4 they kill us in Nigeria.only them and the gerneration will use the oil money and live in Nigeria,no is time we stand for our right my Nigeria youths,aferall we are dieing, no cos of dieing, but when die ,for the rest gerenration to get a better life and things like looking for work in Gabon, s.Africa ,kenya and rest African country,where they kill only Nigeria and size their hard working money and property just cos they are Nigeria,we supose to be Africa super power and we their super houseboys.

    • Mulikat@ do u know that Gabon Money is equivalent or a bit high than Dollar, so travelling to USA is cheap but can still consider UK but Life is a precious Gift anyway! RIP struggle cont…..

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