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Canoe mishap claims 6 adolescent girls in Kebbi

Canoe mishap claims 6 adolescent girls in Kebbi
Written by Maritime First

Canoe mishap has killed six young girls in Suru Local Government Area of Kebbi state.

The Chairman of the council, Alhaji Umaru Maigandi, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview on Tuesday.

Maigandi said the incident occurred when the canoe capsized while ferrying the victims across Tindifai River on Monday.

According to him, the canoe left Tindifai village conveying nine girls to a Fadama area where they were going to harvest rice but it capsized along the way.

L_R: The Representative of the Managing Director, NPA, and General Manager, MD’s Office, Dr. Chinwe Abama, the Programme
Consultant, NPA Prostrate Cancer Screening, Adeyemi Amuwo and the General Manager, Medical Services, NPA, Dr. Christiana Akpa
during the official Flag-Off Ceremony of Prostate Cancer Awareness Screening Programme at the NPA Corporate Headquarters in Lagos.

 

“The village is close to Bendu in Tundifai; they were going to harvest rice in the Fadama area when the incident occurred and resulted to the death of six females.

“The deceased were between the ages of 12 years and 15 years.

“The three other victims had been rescued alive by the driver of the canoe, Umar Faruk, a 13-year-old,” he said.

L-R: The General Manager, Procurement, NPA, Musa Yaro, the Chief Consultant Urologist, Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Dr.
Chidiebere Ogo, the GM Human Resources, Yahaya Bukar, the Representative of the MD NPA and General Manager, MD’s Office,
Dr. Chinwe Abama, the GM Audit NPA, Mohammed Kolo, and GM Medical Services, Christiana Akpa, during the official Flag-Off
Ceremony of Prostate Cancer Awareness Screening Programme at the NPA Corporate Headquarters in Lagos.

 

“The deceased had been buried according to the Islamic rites, and we have condoled the families as well as sympathised with those that survived the mishap,” he said.

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Maigari blamed the incident on overloading, adding that the canoe was overloaded as it had five passenger capacity.

The chairman said the council would sensitize the communities to the dangers of canoes overloading, particularly those in the riverine communities of the state.

 

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