24 Dead, Several Missing In Niger Boat Mishap

Tragedy struck in Niger State on Sunday after a boat capsized in the Mokwa area of the state.

The exact number of people onboard the boat and the cause of the accident is yet to be confirmed as at the time of filing this report.

Speaking to the incident to Channels Television through a telephone call, the Chairman of Mokwa Local Government, Jibrim Muregi, confirmed the incident, saying rescue efforts are ongoing.

He confirmed that 21 dead bodies were recovered, adding that three community members of Gbajibo, Ekwa and Yankeiade were also affected.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Wasiu Abiodun confirmed the mishap.

He however said available information at the police disposal suggest that 13 people lost their lives.

“Information received from Gbajibo area of Mokwa indicated that a wooden boat conveying some passengers on board from Gbajibo water side heading to Tungan-Mango for farming activities capsized,” the police spokesman said.

“On receiving the report, DPO Mokwa Div mobilised police teams including marine police to the scene, in collaboration with local divers and so far thirteen persons confirmed dead as search and rescue operation is ongoing. Further development will be made public.”

The latest incident comes three months after a boat carrying families returning from a wedding sank in a river, killing over 100 people on board.