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Nine bodies recovered after Niger boat accident:

Ten persons were confirmed dead after a boat capsized on Thursday in Niger State.

• November 20, 2023
Accident Scene
Accident Scene [Credit; NAN]

The Niger State Emergency Management Agency has said nine bodies were recovered from a boat accident that occurred in the Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.

The agency’s Head of Relief and Rehabilitation, Alhaji Salihu Garba, disclosed this in Minna on Sunday.

Recall that 10 persons were confirmed dead in a boat accident that occurred on Thursday.

The victims, mostly traders, were reportedly conveying goods from Zongoru community of bassa ward to Gijiwa, ahead of Friday market in Kuta, headquarters of Shiroro LGA, when the incident happened.

At least 34 persons were said to be on board of which 10 allegedly lost their lives, while 22 were reportedly rescued by local divers.

Garba gave the names of the deceased to include Farida Muntari, Sharhabila Sagir, Bubakar Sadiq, Na’ima Ibrahim, Amina, Safaratu Ibrahim, Sadiq Ibrahim and Rafiya Yakubu.

He said that the agency had yet to identify two of the deceased persons, adding that they were from Zangoro.

He further said that there were 24 males and female adults, 10 male and female children in the boat when it capsized.

Garba also said that a search operation was ongoing to recover the remaining bodies.

(NAN)

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