A boat ferrying about two hundred people, mostly artisans, miners and traders from Niger state to Warrant, in Kebbi state, was reported to have capsized in the early hours of Wednesday.
Findings reveled that only four corpses have been recovered and eighteen others rescued so far in the boat that capsized around ten o’clock in Tsohuwan Labata village, Ngaski local government area of Kebbi state.
Sarkin Samari of Warra, Adamu Umar Warra, who confirmed the mishap to journalist said, “almost every single household has it’s member in the ill fated boat. The boat carrying over 150 people capsized in the most deepest part of River Niger.
“So far, only four dead bodies were recovered while eighteen others rescued had been rushed to the hospital for medical attention.”
He added that, “the four corpses recovered are two male, two female and rescue mission is on course up to this moment.”
Speaking in the same vein, the Secretary, Red Cross, Kebbi State branch, Ibrahim Ngaski, said though, the number of passengers on boat was yet to be ascertained but information gathered indicated that, the boat was carrying about two hundred passengers passengers.
He said, “majority of the passengers, were artisans, miners and traders who, were coming from Niger State to Kebbi state. Information indicated that only one corpse was recovered while rescue mission was on going.
“Absence of rescue equipment is the major impediment to the rescue operation. The information at hand said the boat was carrying about two hundred people. Though, we are waiting to hear from.our men who had since joined the rescue team. So far only one body was recovered.”