15 dead as boat conveying over 100 persons capsizes in Kwara

Boat mishap

A boat ferrying over 100 people has capsized on the River Niger around Patigi in Kwara.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday as they were returning to Ebbu village after a wedding ceremony at Gboti community.

A Resident of Patigi, Malam Isah Gimba, said that the bodies of 15 people have so far been recovered out of the over 100 on board.

The Secretary, Patigi Local Government Council, Malam Idris Mohammed, said the council has mobilised people to support the survivors who cut across Zakkan in Kwara and Sanpi village in neighbouring Kogi.

He, however, advised people residing in riverine areas to desist from night journeys as the River Niger may overflow its banks from time to time due to heavy downpour.

An eyewitness told NAN that the boat had been attempting to cross to Mashayan Dundeje village to collect firewood when the disaster struck.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Okasanmi Ajayi, said officers of the command have been sent to the scene to boost rescue operations.

Ajayi added that those sent were also expected to file their official report. (NAN)


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