Boat Mishap claims 10 lives in Niger

A total of 10 persons have allegedly died in a boat mishap in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
The deceased included Farida Muntari, Sharhabila Sagir, Abubakar Sadiq, Na’ima Ibrahim, Amina, Safaratu Ibrahim, Sadiq Ibrahim, and Rafiya Yakubu, as well as two unidentified victims.
The tragedy reportedly occurred on Thursday between 1:30 pm and 2 pm due to strong waves and water hyacinth.
The boat capsized while conveying 34 passengers from Zangoro Bassa-Kukoki Ward terminal to Gijiwa-Kato Ward terminal in Shiroro LG.
The Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) in a statement signed by the Head of Information and Special Duties, Ibrahim Audu Hussani, said that during a visit to the scene with the Shiroro Local Government chairman, it was discovered that the mishap was caused by water hyacinth and strong waves.
Hussani explained that the boat had on board 34 people, comprised 10 males, 14 females, and 10 children.
Hussani disclosed that at the moment, a total of 24 survivors have been identified, with efforts ongoing to gather complete information.
According to him, search-and-rescue operations are ongoing at the scene.
NSEMA further revealed that the boat had six drivers, identified as Dahiru Yusuf, Sa’idu Shu’aibu, Ahmadu Garba, Sa’idu Garba, Abdulaziz Yahaya, and Lukuman Sani.

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