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2 feared dead in Canoe mishap, 9 rescued



Canoe mishap has claimed two lives in Yauri Local Government Area of Kebbi, two days after 18 passengers died when their canoe capsized in the area.

Chairman of the local council, Musa Mohammad, confirmed the latest incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview on Friday.

According to him, the canoe left Binua village conveying 11 people to a market in the area when it capsized.

Mohammed said: “The village is close to the market; they were going to trade in Yauri when the wave accompanied by strong wind forced the canoe to capsize. Two persons, a Fulani woman and an elderly person were feared drowned in the river. Read also: Customs intensify search for absconded Police Cops, others

” The rest of the passengers were rescued after the small canoe capsized.”


The chairman blamed the incident on the driver’s refusal to heed the warning issued by officials of Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority, not to embark on the journey.

He further added that, “the driver was warned by the officials not to embark on the journey because of the unfavorable weather condition, but refused to heed the advice.”

Acting Executive Director, State Emergency Management Agency, Abbas Kamba, also confirmed the incident. Read also: HEARTLESS: Man kills girlfriend, shoot daughter (See photos)

Meanwhile, 18 passengers travelling from Jeribago village in Kebbi to Tuteku village in Niger, also died on Wednesday when their wooding boat collided with a tree trunk.

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