Tragedy Strikes as 26 Lives Lost, 44 Still Missing as Niger State Boat Capsize
In a devastating incident that unfolded between the Jabba and Kainji dams in Niger State, at least 26 bodies have been recovered, while 44 individuals remain missing after a boat capsized. The tragic event occurred at approximately 8 am on Sunday, leaving the community of Mokwa Local Government in shock and mourning.
The Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) confirmed that the ill-fated boat carried over 100 passengers at the time of the accident. These passengers hailed from the Gbajibo, Ekwa, and Yankyade communities and were en route to their farms located on the opposite side of the River Niger.
Ibrahim Husseini, the Public Relations Officer of NSEMA, disclosed that a joint effort involving NSEMA and officials from Mokwa Local Government, supported by local divers, is currently underway to conduct a comprehensive search, rescue, and recovery operation at the accident site. As of now, 26 lifeless bodies have been retrieved, and more than 30 individuals have been successfully rescued. The operation is ongoing, with the hope of locating the remaining missing passengers.
Chairperson of Mokwa Local Government, Jibrin Muregi, confirmed the tragic incident and reassured the public that exhaustive rescue operations are in progress to locate and rescue those still unaccounted for. The local community has come together to support the affected families during this heart-wrenching time.
This tragic boat mishap has cast a pall of sorrow over the region as authorities and local communities rally to provide assistance and support to those affected by this devastating accident.
Niger State Boat Capsize