Boat mishap: 23 feared dead in Kebbi

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The Kebbi State Government has condoled with members of immediate families, Yauri Emirate Council and the Local Government over a boat mishap involving 30 traders.

In the ugly accident, 23 people were feared dead.

Alhaji Ahmed Idris, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, disclosed this in a statement in Birnin Kebbi on Monday.

The Chief Press Secretary said his principal sent the condolence in a message to the affected community.

Governor Idris appealed to the affected families to accept the will of God in good fate and prayed to Almighty Allah to grant the deceased persons Jannatul Firdaus (Paradise).

“I want to urge you to see what happened as the will of Almighty Allah that nobody can question, therefore, accept it in good fate. We should also continue to pray to Allah to forgive their shortcomings and grant them Jannatul Firdaus,” he prayed.

The governor prayed for quick recovery of those who sustained injuries during the ugly situation and prayed to Almighty God to put an end to the recurrence of such event.

It was learnt that the boat, loaded with 30 traders and their goods, sailed from Kasabo village in Niger State on Monday to Yauri town for commercial activities when it capsized.

Alhaji Salihu Garba, overseeing Director General of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), also confirmed the incident.

He said the mishap happened on Yauri market day.

Garba added that only after the market would families be able to declare their missing relatives.

He explained that it takes about 24 hours for any drowned person to surface atop water.

He attributed the cause of the incident to water hyacinth coupled with strong waves.

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