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140 Feared Dead In Boat Mishap

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Ijeoma Okeke

Over 140 people have been feared dead in a boat mishap in Kebbi State.

The boat was conveying over 160 people in the Ngaski Local Government Area of the State before the incident happened.

It was gathered that the incident occurred around 9 o’clock on Wednesday.

The boat was said to have capsized and sank into the River Niger.

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The Chairman of Ngaski LGA, Abdullahi Buhari Warra, told BBC Hausa Service that the accident was fatal.

According to Warra, over 160 people boarded the boat but only 22 people were rescued and rushed to the hospital for treatment

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.”

“It was supposed to carry only 80 people but it carried 160 including bags of sand.”

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