Over seven people have been confirmed dead and another seven hospitalised in Ngaski local government area, Kebbi state as a boat returning from Malali Market with about 150 passengers capsized along River Niger recently.
The Coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in-charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States, Alhaji Sulaiman Muhammad, confirmed this incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ngaski.
He said that efforts are ongoing between fishermen and the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) to rescue the missing passengers. He said:
As soon as we got the wind of the mishap, we put a call to the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority to help rescue the missing passengers.
All the people on board were missing, but as the rescue and search continued wide and deep om the river intensified, 14 people have been discovered out of which, seven have been confirmed dead and the other seven have been taken to Ngaski Hospital.
NAN gathered that the accident occurred when the boat carrying 150 passengers hit a branch of a tree in the water and capsized.
Source: News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)