SOKOTO — A boat mishap that occurred in Shagari Local Government Area of Sokoto State on Thursday has killed thirteen people, including women and children.
Recall that similar incident occurred last week in Ngaski Local Government Area of Kebbi state in which about one hundred people were drowned.
The victims were said to be traveling from Doruwa to Ginga in Sokoto state around evening time when the boat capsized and killed all the passengers.
Council chairman, Aliyu Dantine Shagari, who confirmed the incident, said eight of the victims were married women while the remaining five were children and elderly men.
He noted that the boat mishap might have occurred due to overloading.
“But there are other causes of boat mishap, including strong wind. We are still investigating the matter to know what actually led to the accident,” he added.
He explained that all the bodies of the victims had been recovered and buried in line with Islamic rites.
While condoling the people of Shagari, Sokoto Governor Aminu Tambuwal promised to provide them with motorized boats and life jackets.
He prayed Allah to grant the deceased eternal rest and their families the fortitude to bear their losses.
Also, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, while expressing his condolence, described the incident as shocking and saddening.
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