No fewer than nine people died in a boat mishap that occurred in Birjingo Village, Goronyo Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Sokoto, ASP. Muhammad Sadiq, who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Thursday, said the accident occurred on Wednesday.
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According to Sadiq, “The number of passengers travelling in the boat has yet to be ascertained, as a search team is still working to recover other victims’ bodies.
“Immediately the accident occurred, many of the passengers were rescued, and three bodies were later recovered.
“Today (Thursday), six other bodies were recovered, and search is still on to recover others,” Sadiq said.
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According to a witness at the scene, the boat had more than 30 passengers on board when the accident happened.
He said that the majority of the passengers were on their way to a farm across the river where they worked as labourers.
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The Caretaker Chairman, Goronyo Local Government Area, Alhaji Zakari Shinaka, said that immediately the accident happened, the council engaged over 50 local divers, who succeeded in rescuing some of the victims alive.
Shinaka, implored boat operators to avoid overloading their boats.
While commiserating the bereaved families,the chairman also directed traditional rulers in the riverine communities to impound any overloaded boat.