Boat mishap claims 11 lives in Niger

The Niger State Disaster Management Agency has confirmed the death of 11 persons in a boat mishap between Garafini-Kodo and Garafini riverine area of Borgu Local Government Area of the state.

Special Adviser to the governor in charge of the agency, Alhaji Mohammed Shaba, told newsmen yesterday in Minna that the accident occurred on Monday.

Shaba said that 18 passengers were aboard the ill-fated boat when the accident occurred between 5.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m.

He said that seven persons survived the incident which, he described, as unfortunate while 11 others who were confirmed dead had since been buried.

Shaba, who told journalists that the cause of the incident was yet to be ascertained, said that the boat was conveying the passengers from Garafini-Kodo to Garafini.

Shaba said that the cause of the incident would be made public as soon as it was confirmed.