Niger Boat Mishap: 28 bodies recovered,  7 others missing

No fewer than 28 bodies have been recovered by divers from the scene Saturday’s boat mishap in Tijana village   Munya Area Niger.

Mallam Ahmed Inga, the Director General, Niger State Emergency Management Agency, told newsmen in Minna on Sunday that the number people on board was about 100.

According to him, 28 bodies have been recovered, 65 people rescued, while search for the remaining seven was .

The News Agency Nigeria (NAN) recalls that a local boat carrying about 100 people, including and children, capsized at about 6:00pm on Saturday, midway into its hour journey.

The six-month old local boat capsized due to a heavy windstorm occasioned by the Saturday evening rain in the area.

The villagers were said to be returning from a local market in Zumba village of  Shiroro Area.

Meanwhile, Mallam Adamu Ahmed, the Sarkin Kasuwan Zumba, however, called for more support, especially in the area of logistics, to speed up the search operation.

“Some of the victims were to the village to go and get some food items and return to Zumba, where they were taking refuge as a result of bandits’ activities in their communities,” he said.

The victims, he said, were mostly Internally Displaced Persons from about seven communities, all in Munya area. (NAN)