One feared dead in Sokoto canoe mishap, eight rescued as search continues for 21

Posted by Habibu Harisu | 10 July 2018 | 1,048 times

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Local divers have recovered one corpse, rescued eight persons, while search is ongoing for the other 21 persons involved when a canoe capsized at Isa Local Government Area, Sokoto State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident occurred on Saturday, July 7, when 30 passengers boarded the canoe transporting them to Isa town from Bafarawa settlement.

The Director-General, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Sokoto, Ibrahim Dingyadi, confirmed the incident to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.

Dingyadi said officials of Isa Local Government Area had communicated the unfortunate incident to the agency and necessary rescue arrangements were immediately made to save the victims.

He said SEMA officials have joined the local government workers as well as local divers to search for the remaining 21 victims.

The DG explained that locals use canoe for transportation in the area, noting that the Bafarawa River is presently at its peak, because of the rainy season.

He said that people using the river had been cautioned against using smaller canoes and boats, particularly during downpour.

Dingyagi, however, assured that the office of the Secretary to State Government and other relevant departments have been mobilised to aid rescue efforts as well as offer necessary assistance to families of the victims. (NAN)

Source: News Express

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