The Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) has said that nine bodies were recovered from a boat mishap that occurred in Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.
The Head of Relief and Rehabilitation in NSEMA, Alhaji Salihu Garba, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Sunday.
NAN recalls that ten persons were confirmed dead in a boat mishap that occurred on Thursday, November 16.
The victims, mostly traders, were reportedly conveying goods from Zongoru Community of Bassa Ward to Gijiwa ahead of Friday market in Kuta, headquarters of Shiroro LGA, when the tragic incident happened.
At least 34 persons were said to be on board, of whom 10 allegedly lost their lives, while local divers reportedly rescued 22.
Garba gave the names of the deceased to include Farida Muntari, Sharhabila Sagir, Abubakar Sadiq, Na’ima Ibrahim, Amina, Safaratu Ibrahim, Sadiq Ibrahim, and Rafiya Yakubu.
He said that the agency had yet to identify two of the deceased, adding that all the deceased were from Zangoro.
He further said that there were 24 male and female adults and 10 male and female children in the boat when it capsized.
Garba also said that a search operation was ongoing to recover the remaining bodies. (NAN)