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Nine bodies recovered from Niger boat mishap – NSEMA

The Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) has said nine bodies were recovered from a boat mishap that occurred in Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.

The Head of Relief and Rehabilitation in NSEMA, Alhaji Salihu Garba, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Minna on Sunday.

It would be recalled that 10 persons were confirmed dead in a boat mishap that occurred on November 16.

The victims, mostly traders, were reportedly conveying goods from Zongoru Community of Bassa Ward to Gijiwa, ahead of Friday market in Kuta, headquarters of Shiroro LGA, when the tragic incident happened.

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At least 34 persons were said to be on board as 10 allegedly lost their lives, while 22 were reportedly rescued by local divers.

Garba gave the names of the deceased to include Farida Muntari, Sharhabila Sagir, Bubakar Sadiq, Na’ima Ibrahim, Amina, Safaratu Ibrahim, Sadiq Ibrahim and Rafiya Yakubu, adding that the agency had yet to identify two of the deceased persons, adding that all the deceased were from Zangoro.

He further said there were 24 males and female adults and 10 male and female children in the boat when it capsized, adding that a search operation was ongoing to recover the remaining bodies.

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