Nine bodies have been retrieved from a boat mishap in Niger, according to the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA). The tragic incident occurred in the Shiroro Local Government Area. Alhaji Salihu Garba, NSEMA’s Head of Relief and Rehabilitation, confirmed this information during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on November 19.
The accident, which happened on November 16, resulted in the confirmed death of 10 individuals, primarily traders transporting goods from Zongoru Community of Bassa Ward to Gijiwa for the Friday market in Kuta, the Shiroro LGA headquarters.
Reports suggested that 34 people were aboard the vessel. Sadly, 10 lost their lives, while 22 were rescued by local divers.
Garba identified some of the deceased as Farida Muntari, Sharhabila Sagir, Bubakar Sadiq, Na’ima Ibrahim, Amina, Safaratu Ibrahim, Sadiq Ibrahim, and Rafiya Yakubu. He mentioned that two individuals remained unidentified among the deceased, all hailing from Zangoro.
The capsized boat carried 24 adult males and females, as well as 10 male and female children. Search operations are ongoing to recover the remaining bodies, signifying a continued effort to address this heartbreaking incident.