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One drown, another injured in Niger boat mishap

Authorities said search and rescue was slow as the area of the incident was a bandit enclave as rescuers were afraid of being kidnapped.

• July 24, 2022
Capsized boat used to illustrate the story.
Capsized boat used to illustrate the story.

One person has drowned and another injured in a boat mishap at Nansa village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger.

Ahmed Inga, Director General of the state Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), disclosed this in an interview in Minna on Saturday.

He said the agency on Saturday received a report of a boat mishap involving passengers and goods loaded from Nansa village by the river bank upstream Shiroro dam.

Mr Inga said the boat was heading towards a Kwara Saturday market in Zumba when it hit a tree stump and broke into two midway. 

He said one person drowned while one other got injured, adding that search and rescue operation was very slow as the area of the incident was a bandit enclave as rescuers were afraid of being kidnapped.


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