The Chairman of the Bagudo Local Government Council in Kebbi, Alhaji Muhammad Zagga says no fewer than 53 traders were feared dead in a boat mishap on River Niger in Bagudo, Kebbi.
Majority of the traders who are from Gaya Village in Niger Republic were going to a market when the incident happened
“They were going to a market in Lolo when their boat capsized,” Zagga said.
Zagga said that out of some 100 passengers on board the boat, 47 were rescued while others could not yet be accounted for.
The chairman said that the authorities in Niger Republic had deplored 500 divers to search for the missing people.
Also commenting on the incident, the Acting Director-General of the Kebbi State Kebbi Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Abbas Rabi’u, described the incident as unfortunate and disastrous.
“The victims were mostly traders from Niger Republic,” he said