- Eight children, 8 teenagers, and 2 adults have died in a canoe accident in Bauchi state
- According to the police report, the canoe capsised inside River Buji in Itas Gadau local government area
- The driver of the canoe and a passenger are currently unconscious after the incident
Bauchi state has been thrown into mourning as 18 people have been reported dead when a canoe conveying 23 farmers capsized, leaving the driver and one passenger unconscious.
According to the state police command public relation officer Ahmed Wakil in a statement on Friday, November 13, the deceased included eight children, eight teenagers, and two adults.
Wakil disclosed that the accident happened in River Buji in Itas Gadau local government area of Bauchi state on Thursday, November 12, when the passenger reached the middle of the river.
He gave the name of the victims as Hussaina Maigari, female (8), Ummani Abdulkarim, female (15), Halima Saminu, female (15), of Gidan Ganji village, Suwaiba Yusuf, female (12) old, Saude Abdulkarim, female (14), Fatima Maigari, female (10), Zuwaira Maigari, female (10), Hari Maigari, female (9), and Abdulraham Shehu, Male (20).
Others droned victims are Khadija Alhassan, (15), of Gwarai village, Amina Idris, (15) Kaltime Hudu, female (14), Furaira Malam Magaji, female (14), of Zangon Majiya village, Najaatu Hamza, (15), Nura Abdullahi, Male (25), Yahuza Abdullahi, (12), Hafsa Abdullahi, female (11) of Majiya village, Sadiya Hashimu.
“The corpses were removed from the river and taken to the General Hospital Itas, for postmortem examination.
“A medical doctor certified 18 persons dead, while 5 persons were rescued."
Babatunde Lawal, the permanent secretary of cabinet affairs office in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, is dead.
Lawal died on Friday morning, November 6, from liver cancer at the age of 56 years, with his death coming two years after he was appointed permanent secretary.
An economist with a strong bias in fiscal policy analysis, management and strategic planning, Lawal joined the federal civil service in October 1987 as a planning officer of the Federal Ministry of Economic Planning.
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