7 dead, 136 declared missing after boat capsizes in Nigeria


A boat on carrying 150 passengers returning from Malali Market capsized along River Niger in Kebbi, in north-western Nigeria, reports Daily Trust.

“All the people on board were missing, but as rescue and search continue wide and deep of the river intensified, 14 people have been discovered; seven died and seven have been taken to Ngaski Hospital,” said Alhaji Sulaiman Muhammad, The Coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in-charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States.

So far seven people are dead, seven hospitalized and 136 said to be missing. Rescue efforts to find the missing by the fishermen and Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) are ongoing.

“As soon as we had got the hint of the mishap, we put a call to the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority to help rescue the missing passengers,” said Muhammad, NEMA

The accident is said to have happened when the boat while on transit carrying 150 passengers hit a branch of tree in the water and capsized.