Several people were killed in a boating accident between Jebba and Kainji Dam in Niger’s Mokwa Local Government Area, and Governor Mohammed Umaru Bago has expressed astonishment at the tragedy.
Bago, through his Chief Press Secretary Bologi Ibrahim, stressed the necessity of wearing life vests when on boats.
In addition, the governor urged people to stop cramming into boats.
Bago thought it was a nasty, unpleasant thing to happen.
To the people in the impacted communities, this is a startling and tragic event, and I feel their pain. “I pray that Allah will grant the departed Aljannah Firdausi,” the governor remarked.
Bago expressed his condolences to the victims’ loved ones and ordered the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) to take appropriate action to relieve the people’s suffering.
The governor prayed that Allah would provide peace to the grieving and speedy healing to the injured.
Over a hundred people were on board when it sank; they were traveling from neighboring settlements to the New Gbajibo Resettlement.
Over 30 people have been rescued, but 26 people have been reported killed (mainly women and children).
Marine police and local divers, assisted by NSEMA, are currently conducting a joint rescue operation.