Seven girls between the ages of 10 and 12 drowned in a Jigawa River while rowing themselves with life jacket or life guard.
The young girls were said be killed when the boat with ten occupants capsized in Gamafoi village of Kafin Hausa local government area in Jigawa state.
The girls had left Gafasa village, Kafin Hausa local government area for Gasanya village in Auyo local government area for Maulud, a religious gathering.
Gamafoi village head, Malam Adamu Haruna Gamafoi, reported the tragedy to the police and said the boat capsized at around 3:30 pm on Thursday.
“A boat capsized with girls numbering about ten. However, three girls were rescued while seven others died,” Gamafoi said.
Sources said the girls drove the boat parked at River Gasanya themselves in the absence of an expert or life guard.
According to the source, all the victims were taken to Kafin Hausa General Hospital where seven of them were immediately confirmed dead by a medical doctor.
Jigawa State Police Command spokesperson, ASP Lawan Shiisu Adam, confirmed the incident. The victims were buried on Friday morning.