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100 Feared Dead as Boat Capsizes on River Niger

No fewer than 100 persons  including a father and his four children reportedly lost their lives in a boat accident on the river Niger late Monday night.

It was gathered that the incident occurred when the boat conveying about 300 passengers who were wedding guests returning to Kwara state from a wedding ceremony in Egboti community in Niger state hit a tree in the water.

It was further gathered that,  about 50 bodies have been recovered from the incident while the incident had reportedly turned the entire local government area of the state into mourning.

Sources in the village told our correspondent that the deceased persons had taken off from Kpada village to be part of the marriage ceremony at Egboti village.

The Secretary, Patigi Local Government Area, Malam Idris Pata Mohammed said the Council has mobilised people to support the survivors who cut across Zakkan in Kwara and Sanpi village in neighbouring Kogi State.

He, however, advised people residing in riverine areas to desist from night journeys as the River Niger may overflow its banks from time to time due to heavy downpour.

The latest boat mishap is only one of several such disasters that have rocked the country this year.

Also on Tuesday, at least 15 children drowned and 25 others declared missing when a boat in which they were traveling capsized in an area in Sokoto State, according to the area’s political administrator, Aliyu Abubakar.

An eyewitness told Radio Nigeria that the boat had been attempting to cross to Mashayan Dundeje Village to collect firewood when disaster struck.

In 2023 alone, states such as Bayelsa and Niger have also experienced several ghastly boat mishaps.

By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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