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River Niger Boat Accident Killed 18

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River Niger Boat Accident Killed 18

Oct 6, 2013 – River Niger Boat Accident Killed 18

Nigeria’s Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) says 18 persons, including a family of six, died in a boat mishap which occurred on River Niger at Kokoli village, Agwarra Local Government Area of the state.

Alhaji Mohammed Shaba, the Special Adviser to the Governor in charge of NSEMA, made this known to in a telephone interview in Minna on Saturday.

Shaba said that the boat was conveying 80 traders and their children and to Kokoli village after the weekly Thursday market in Ulakami village when the accident occurred around 4 p.m.

“The boat reportedly broke into two parts at the middle of the river and the boat, with all the passengers and its driver, sank.

“The most touching aspect of the tragic story was that a family lost six daughters in the accident.

“We have so far recorded the deaths of 16 women and two men; we have recovered 15 bodies from the river and they have been given mass burial by the river bank,’’ he said.

Shaba said that efforts are underway to recover the three remaining bodies from the river with the help of local swimmers in the area,” he said.

He, however, said that the state government was planning to deal with the recurrence of such tragedies via the enforcement of the regulation on the use of life jackets by boat and ferry passengers.

“The government will also ensure strict adherence to the rules and regulations governing water transportation,’’ added.

Mr Umar Ibrahim, one of the persons who survived the boat accident, told NAN that they were in the middle of the 10-km journey when the boat suddenly broke into two parts.

Ibrahim said that he was able to rescue about 10 women and children, adding that his efforts had gone a long way to reduce the casualty figure.

Malam Mohammed Garba, the Village Head of Kokoli, confirmed that the village lost 18 women and children, adding that they could not swim a long distance after the accident.

He said that a total of 58 passengers had so far been rescued by local swimmers.

Mr Richard Oguche, the Police Public Relations Officer in Niger, confirmed the accident, adding that the police had dispatched its Marine personnel to the area to assist in the recovery of the remaining passengers who drowned.

NAN recalls that a similar incident happened in the same locality a week ago.

[NAN]

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Imoke

    October 6, 2013 at 3:47 AM

    There is definitely something killing people on that river.
    Over 150 were killed there recently

  2. Demian

    October 6, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    oh God! Save our soul from all this fetish distruction.may their soul rfst io peace

  3. Demian

    October 6, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    oh God! Save our soul from all this fetish distruction.may their soul rest in peace

  4. Sunday

    October 6, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    Again??????????????????????????????????????????????????
    God. Please have mercy on us in dis country dis is to much

  5. damsel

    October 6, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    God pls come to our rescue..dis death is too much….boko haram people,plane crashes,auto crash,Lord save ur people ooo

  6. KS2

    October 6, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Heee!!!, people of naija dyin lyk animalz GOD HAVE MERCY UPON US. KS2 toneZ

  7. KS2

    October 6, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Heee!!!, people of naija dyin lyk animalz GOD HAVE MERCY UPON US. KS2 toneZ…

  8. tina martin

    October 7, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    nawaoooh God help us this is unbelievable

  9. john

    October 7, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    this are d signs of end time, my pple give yur life 2 christ b4 is 2 late, d kingdom of God is at hand let repent of our sin, let change our ways. D bible say if yur ways pleases God it mke yur enemies 2 b at peace with u. A word is elough 4 d wise oh.

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