Two dead, 18 rescued in boat mishap



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

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

Shiisu said the command received the report about the incident which occurred on Sunday in Kwalgai village, Auyo Local Government Area, at about 10pm.

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

“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,” he said.

He said in an attempt to save the victims, divers, fishermen and others were swiftly notified while a police team led by the DPO raced to the scene.

“Subsequently, today at about 6am 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 added.


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