9 bodies recovered from Niger boat mishap – NSEMA

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By Rita Iliya

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 10 out of the 34 persons on board allegedly lost their lives, while 22 others rescued by local divers.

He said the victims comprised 24 male and female adults, 10 male and female children in the boat when it capsized, adding that the agency had yet to identify two of the deceased persons.

Garba listed the names of the deceased as Farida Muntari; Sharhabila Sagir, Bubakar Sadiq, Na’ima Ibrahim, Amina, Safaratu Ibrahim, Sadiq Ibrahim and Rafiya Yakubu.

The NSEMA official said that all the deceased hailed from Zangoru, adding that a search operation was ongoing to recover the remaining bodies. (NAN)(www.nannews)

Edited by AbdulFatai Beki/Sam Oditah

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