Junior Pope: Police recover three more bodies from boat mishap

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Police in Anambra State have retrieved three more victims from a boat tragedy involving a movie crew.

Junior Pope Odonwodo, a Nollywood star, was among the crew members that lost in a boat accident two days ago.

While some crew members were yet to be found following the boat tragedy, the spokesperson of the Anambra State Police Command Tochukwu Ikenga said three more bodies of members of the movie cast have been recovered.

“Marine Police of Anambra State Command has recovered bodies of the three remaining victims of the unfortunate boat accident involving a movie cast,” he said in a Friday statement.

“Two of the bodies were recovered yesterday 11th April, 2024 while the last was washed in by the tide this morning.”

The bodies have been deposited at a morgue in Asaba, Delta State while authorities of the guild of actors have also been informed about the recovery.

The spokesman quoted the state’s police commissioner Aderemi Adeoye as advising water commuters to be safety conscious while in transit.

According to the commissioner, the police are fast-tracking the investigation into the accident.

Actors Guild Suspends Fillmaker

Their death has caused outrage among Nigerians especially Nollywood fans who believe the incident was preventable if safety checks were in place during the shooting of the movie called “Another Side of Life”.

In the wake of the mishap, the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) banned all movie shoots involving riverine areas and boat rides. It also suspended filmmaker Adamma Luke who was producing the ill-fated movie.

“The leadership of the Guild has taken the following decisions: (1) All films that involve riverine areas and boat riding are at this moment suspended indefinitely, (2) no shoot on all locations Nationwide on Thursday, 11 April 2024,” AGN president Emeka Rollas said Thursday.

“(3)The film titled ‘Another Side of Life’ is suspended indefinitely (4) No actor is allowed to work with Adamma Luke as a producer till further notice. (5) While we keep searching for the bodies of the remaining persons, may their souls rest in peace.”