Tragedy Strikes again in Niger as 28 People Die in Boat Accident

Tragedy Strikes again in Niger as 28 People Die in Boat Accident

- Amid rising insecurities in Niger, the state has been struck by another tragedy

- This is as a boat accident on Saturday, May 8, claimed the lives of 28 people in Shiroro LGA

- NEMA confirmed the tragic development and further explained that 65 people, however, survived the mishap

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At least, 28 people have lost their lives after a tragic boat accident in Shiroro local government area of Niger state.

Ahmed Inga, Director-General (DG) of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), made this confirmation in a statement in Minna on Sunday, May 9, NAN and Premium Times report.

Tragedy strikes again in Niger as boat mishap claims lives of 28 people
28 people died after a boat accident in Shiroro, Nigeri state. Credit: @Nigergovt
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According to him, the occupants of the boat were 100 passengers coming from Zumba from Tija village of Munya local government area of the state.

Inga said the incident happened on Saturday, May 8, at about 6 p.m 50 metres to their destination when the boat hit a stump of a tree and broke.

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He said 65 people survived, 28 corpses recovered by local divers while seven people are still missing.

The NEMA DG said search and rescue operation was still ongoing to recover the missing persons.

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Meanwhile, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police command on Friday, May 7, announced that a policeman was killed during a protest by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites in Abuja.

The information was made known to members of the public via a statement issued by the spokesperson of the command, ASP Mariam Yusuf.

According to the statement, 49 members of the group were also arrested during the protest and would be arraigned in court soon.

Police station burnt in Abia

In a related story, reported that Bende local government area of Abia state was thrown into pandemonium as gunmen invaded Ubani Market police station in the community and set it on fire.

The attack, according to Daily Trust, was perpetrated by militants suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Sunday, May 9.


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