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At Least 26 Dead, Several Missing In Nigeria Boat Mishap

Tragedy struck on Sunday in Mokwa area of Niger State, North Central Nigeria after a boat capsized.
The exact number of people onboard the boat and the cause of the accident are yet to be confirmed as of the time of filing this report.

Speaking about the incident to newsmen, the Chairman of Mokwa Local Government, Jibrim Muregi, said rescue efforts are ongoing.

He confirmed that 21 dead bodies were recovered, adding that three community members of Gbajibo, Ekwa, and Yankeiade were also affected.

But the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Wasiu Abiodun, had a different casualty figure about the mishap.

He said available information at the police’s disposal suggests that 13 people died in the incident.

“Information received from the Gbajibo area of Mokwa indicated that a wooden boat conveying some passengers on board from Gbajibo water side heading to Tungan-Mango for farming activities capsized,” the police spokesman added.

“On receiving the report, DPO Mokwa Div mobilized police teams including marine police to the scene, in collaboration with local divers and so far thirteen persons confirmed dead as a search and rescue operation is ongoing. Further development will be made public.”

The latest incident comes three months after a boat carrying families returning from a wedding sank in a river in Kwara State, killing over 100 people on board.

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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