2 die, 18 rescued in boat mishap in Jigawa

The Police Command in Jigawa on Monday confirmed that two persons lost their lives, while 18 others were rescued in a boat mishap that occurred in the state.

DSP Lawan Shiisu, the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), confirmed this in a statement in Dutse, on Monday.

Shiisu explained that the command received the report about the incident which occurred on Sunday in  Kwalgai village, Auyo Local Government Area, at about 10 p:m.

He said that the canoe capsized on its way to Hadin village in the same LGA.

Shiisu added that about 20 passengers were on board the boat when the incident occurred.

“On Sunday at about 2200hrs, the command received an incident report by the Divisional Police Officer of Auyo Division, that a group of marketers from Kwalgwai village in Auyo LGA numbering about 20, both males and females boarded a canoe.

“The canoe was said to have capsized while travelling across the Kwalgai River toward Hadin village within the same LGA,” the PPRO said.

According to him, in an attempt to save the victims, divers, fishermen, and good Samaritans were swiftly notified, while a police team led by the DPO raced to the scene.

Shisu disclosed that the team was able to rescue 18 passengers alive, while two others, all females, went missing.

“Subsequently, today at about 6 a:m., the body of one of the missing female passengers identified as Habiba Ado of Kwalgai village was recovered.

“The victim, aged 18, was quickly conveyed to Auyo hospital, but was confirmed dead by a medical doctor on duty,” he said.

The PPRO said that preliminary investigation revealed that the accident was primarily caused by powerful waves and overloading to the extent where the driver was unable to steer the canoe.

According to him, efforts were being intensified to recover the missing victim.Shiisu added that all the rescued victims were taken to the hospital for medical attention. (NAN


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