Boat capsizes with 22 passengers in Niger

Boat capsizes with 22 passengers in Niger

No fewer than 22 passengers on board a boat has capsized from Kasabu village in Agwara Local Government Area of Niger State to Yauri, Kebbi State.

“The agency has received a report on the boating incident that occurred on Monday, September 02, 2023 between 11am and 12pm,” according to the Director-General, Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Salihu Garba.

Search and rescue operations were ongoing by the local divers and boat owners under the supervision of the agency’s desk officer in Agwara.

According to him, “a survivor of the incident said that the boat had about 22 passengers on board.”

“No passenger has been recovered yet, adding that the incident happened on Yauri market day,” he added.

He attributed the cause of the incident to water hyacinth coupled with strong waves.

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