19 children drowned in a boat in kwara

NIWA Blames Kwara Boat Mishap On Lack of Safety Jackets, Overloading
19 children are said to have drowned while in a boat crossing thr River Niger to a traditional wedding in a community in Niger State, North Central Nigeria, when the tragedy occurred.

The boat was reportedly conveying about 21 individuals mostly children, when it suddenly capsized.

A source disclosed to news men that while two of the passengers were rescued, 19 others drowned.

According to the source, “as at yesterday (Saturday) evening, four corpses have been recovered from the river; efforts s will continue early today (yesterday) again to ensure that others are also found.

“Men of the Nigeria Police and the State Fire Service were a part of the rescue mission. Sadly, just two of them survived.

” Alhaji Sulyman Aliyu, the Secretary of the Lafiagi Traditional Council, has affirmed the incident.

Aliyu said the number of the victims couldn’t be determined yet, taking note of that there was a conflict in the casualty figures.

He stated: “Definitely, they are up to 12. The figure is between 12 and that 19 you mentioned.

” Alhaji Aliyu likewise affirmed that four bodies were recovered on Saturday and that efforts to recover others continued yesterday.

Contacted, Police Public Relations Officer of Kwara Command, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi, also affirmed the occurrence.

He said the officers of the force and other security agency had joined the local government council to recover the corpses.

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