7 feared dead in Zamfara boat mishap

A capsized boat used to illustrate the story

Rescue workers are searching for seven passengers who are believed to have drowned in Gumi river in Zamfara during a boat mishap, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The Senior District Head of Gumi Emirate, Bala Gamo, said on Wednesday that the mishap occurred on Tuesday.

He said the boat was ferrying 22 passengers instead of 10 passengers, mainly farmers from their farms to town when it capsized.

Witnesses told NAN that some passengers had been rescued while local swimmers in the area were still in search of not fewer than seven passengers.

They said the rescue team was later joined by officials of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on Wednesday.

The district head said he had led a team from the emirate council to sympathise with the victims’ families.

He told those whose family members were missing that the rescuers would do their best in the rescue operation.

In the mean time, Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of the state has expressed concern over the unfortunate incident.


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In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Enlightenment, Ibrahim Dosara, the governor directed SEMA officials to provide drugs for the rescued passengers.(NAN)


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