No fewer than 15 people died in two boat mishaps that occurred in Kontagora and Borgu local government areas of Niger state.
According to a source close to the Niger State Emergency Management Agency, (NSEMA), that the incident in Kontagora local government area claimed 13 lives while the one in Borgu local government area caused two casualties.
” Kontagora accident occurred when some traders were travelling across the Kontagora River, a tributary of River Niger, when the incident occurred”.
At least 18 people, mostly women and children, were said to have been on their way to the farm to harvest groundnuts when the sad incident occurred.
Thirteen of the travellers, according to the NSEMA source, died while six others were rescued by local divers.