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Over 140 feared dead in Kebbi boat mishap



Another hundred perish in Niger

OVER 140 people are feared dead as a result of a boat mishap that occurred in Ngaski Local Government Area of Kebbi State, yesterday.

  Villagers say the boat, which was carrying over 160 people, was en route Warra town in Kebbi State from Lokon Minna in Niger State when it capsized and sank into the River Niger.

  According to Chairman of Ngaski L.G.A, Abdullahi Buhari Warra, the accident may have been caused by overloading, because the boat was ferrying about 160 bags of sand for gold miners.

  “We learnt that the boat was loaded so many bags of sands to be used by gold diggers.

This is certainly beyond its carrying capacity. It was supposed to carry only 80 people but it carried 160 including bags of sand. As I am speaking to you now, there are many people in the river who are yet to be rescued. The accident occurred between nine and 10 o’clock this morning and all the passengers aboard the boat are in the river and there is no hope of getting them alive.

We have also learnt that there are eight people of the same family who are involved in the accident. In fact, many people have died and nobody can precisely know their number. We are only able to rescue only 22 people who have been rushed to the Warra General Hospital for medical attention. We are also able to recover one corpse of an infant girl,” he said.

Similarly, no fewer than 100 people have been confirmed dead when a boat capsized in Niger State.

  The boat that took off from Lokomina in Niger State and was heading to Kebbi State when the incident occurred  yesterday, during which 100 died out of about 180 passengers were said to be on board.

  A source said that only 20 passengers had been rescued as at 6:30 pm and four corpses have been recovered, attributing it to overloading.

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