Boat Mishap Claims 15 Lives In Niger

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Fifteen people have been confirmed dead in a boat accident that occurred on River Malale in Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State.

The Niger State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) confirmed the incident to reporters on Wednesday.

The Director-General of the agency, Mr. Ibrahim Inga, said the incident occurred at the weekend but the news was brought to them on Tuesday evening due to lack of communication.

Mr. Ibrahim Inga said that the reports gathered showed that the boat which was carrying 50 passengers capsized midway of the river.

He noted that while some survivors have been rescued, many others were still missing and search to rescue them was ongoing.

According to him, the victims were said to be returning from Warrah market, a border community in Ngaski Local Government Area of Kebbi State, to Sabo Yumu in Borgu Local Government when the accident occurred.

He added that poor visibility and overloading may be responsible for the accident.

Mr. Inga, however, said the government was working towards enacting regulations to check the activities of boat operators and also address the challenges they face on the water.

He also gave assurance that the government would consider the possibility of providing life jackets in a bid to reduce the high casualties often recorded when there was an accident.