Nine people have died following a boat capsize in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
The incident was said to have occurred on Tuesday while the boat was moving from Shata Sabo in Shiroro Local Government to Shata Sabo in Bosso Local Government of the state.
The Director General of the State Emergency Management Agency, Ahmed Inga who confirmed the incident said 11 persons were on board when the boat capsized.
He noted that the accident was a result of flood waves that hit the boat and over loading.
“They were already on the water when flood waves hit the boat forcing it to capsize,” he said.
Inga also stated that a pregnant woman and her baby were among those that lost their lives including two indigenes from Bosso Local Government Area.
He added that a passenger and the boat driver survived the accident, while divers were still in search of the remaining passengers.
Solacebase recalled that last week two persons also lost their lives in a boat accident in Niger state.