Breaking: 100 die in Niger boat mishap




 

 No fewer  than 100 passsengers have reportedly died in a boat mishap in Niger state. 


It was learnt that  the  accident occurred  on Wednesday when atheboat conveying over 180 passengers capsized at about 7.30am on its way to  a local  market.


According  to  reports, the boat  took off from Loko mina  in Niger state at about 7.30am and was heading to  a market in Kebbi state.


It was learnt that  as at 6.30pm  Wednesday, only 20 passengers had been rescued while 4 corpses have been recovered.


The cause of the accident was attributed to  overloading of the boat and it’s old age.


The Director General of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency NSEMA Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmed Inga when contacted confirmed the incident.


Inga confirmed that the Agency has received the report of the accident  saying “search and rescue operation is on going by the Marine police,  NIWA and our Local divers”


It would be recalled that three weeks ago tragedy struck  when the boat in which some 100 villagers were traveling capsized leading to the death of 28 passengers.

As at the time of the incident some other passengers in the ill-fated boat were still missing.

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