12 drown in Niger State boat mishap

12 drown in Niger State boat mishap


No fewer than 12 people have died in two separate boat mishaps that occurred in Shiroro and Borgu Local Government Areas of Niger State.

The boat accidents occurred on the River Shiroro, in Shiroro, and River New Awuru, in Borgu, on Wednesday evening, September 9.

Eye witnesses confirmed that 10 persons died in the incident in Shiroro while 2 others lost their lives in the Borgu mishap.

The boat mishap in Shiroro was said to have occurred when the victims were returning from their farms.

The boat which capsized due to a stormy weather had 19 occupants  with several bags of harvested rice and tubers of yam. 7 of the farmers were rescued alive by local divers.

The victims of the Borgu boat mishap were a middle aged woman, Fatima Umar and her daughter. Mother and daughter died when their boat capsized on River New Awuru as a result of stormy weather. The boat operator, however, survived.

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