Five confirmed dead in Jigawa canoe mishap 

Canoe mishap claims 8 lives in Kebbi

No fewer than five persons have been confirmed dead in a canoe mishap that occurred in the Gwaram Local Government Area of the state.

Spokesman of the Jigawa Police Commad, Lawan Shiisu, while speaking with newsmen in Dutse on Monday, said that the incident occurred on Friday at about 7 p.m. when a canoe conveying nine passengers capsized in a river in the area.

“The incident happened at Martaba village Gwaram LGA of Jigawa State, while the passengers were returning home after attending Juma’at prayer.

“On receipt of the report, a team of policemen rushed to the scene where four of the passengers; one Barkeji aged 60 and three others, all of Martaba village were rescued alive.

“And with the aid of local divers, five bodies were recovered, they are; Lukateru, 60, Musa, 50, Sale, 50, Alhaji Shuaibu, 60, and Dogo, 50, all of Darazau herdsmen settlement camp in Bauchi State,” Shiisu said.

He added that the remains of the deceased have been released to their relatives for burial.

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