Keebi State– At least seven people have lost their lives,seven hospitalized while 136 are still missing after a boat carrying 150 passengers capsized in the state.
The boat carrying passengers, was said to be coming from Ngaski Local Govt Area of Kebbi State who were returning from Malali Market hit a branch of tree and capsized along River Niger. This was confirmed by Sulaiman Muhammad, coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in-charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states.
According to him, efforts were on going between fishermen and the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) to rescue the missing passengers.
“As soon as we had got the hint of the mishap, we put a call to the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority to help rescue the missing passengers,” he said.
“All the people on board were missing, but as rescue and search continue wide and deep of the river intensified, 14 people have been discovered; seven died and seven have been taken to Ngaski Hospital.”
Ngaski is a two-hour journey from the river where the incident happened.