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Many feared dead as boat capsizes in Kebbi State

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Many feared dead as boat capsizes in Kebbi State

No less than 140 persons have been feared dead following a boat accident that took place in Ngaski Local Government Area of Kebbi State.

It was gathered that the incident happened around 9 o’clock on Wednesday. The boat, which carried over 160 people, was travelling along Warra town in Kebbi State from Lokon Minna in Niger State when it capsized and sank into the River Niger.

Aside from overloading, the boat was stated to be carrying bags of sand for gold miners.

The chairman of Ngaski LGA, Abdullahi Buhari Warra, disclosed to Top Naija that the accident was fatal and pathetic.

He said, “As I am speaking to you now, there are many people in the river who are yet to be rescued.

“The accident occurred between nine and 10 o’clock this morning and all the passengers aboard the boat are in the river and there is no hope of getting them alive.

“We have also learnt that there are eight people of the same family who are involved in the accident. In fact, many people have died and nobody can precisely know their number.

“We are only able to rescue only 22 people who have been rushed to the Warra General Hospital for medical attention. We are also able to recover one corpse of an infant girl.”

The chairman clarified that the boat was overloaded, stating that, “It was supposed to carry only 80 people, but it carried 160 including bags of sand.”

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