Death toll rises to 106 from shipwreck off Kwara, Nigeria | News
The Nigerian Police reported this Wednesday that the death toll from a shipwreck in the Niger River, near a village located in the town of Patigi, in the state of Kwara (west), increased to 106.
Shipwreck in Nigerian river leaves at least 100 dead
The boat capsized as its passengers were returning from the town of Egboti, in Niger state, where they had attended a wedding.
Kwara State Police Command spokesman Ajayi Okasanmi said that "the names of the survivors will be made public as soon as they are available."
HE Governor @RealAARahman arriving Kpada community in company of Senator Sadiq Umar (Kwara North) to commiserate with the people of Patigi on the boat mishap in which 106 people died. The state delegation was received by His Royal Highness Etsu Patigi Alhaji Ibrahim Umar Bologi pic.twitter.com/9UcL20jXRW
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June 14, 2023
"A part of the ship on the engine side collapsed when the water penetrated the vessel, which ultimately caused the shipwreck," Okasanmi said in a statement.
In addition, it indicated that among the victims were people from Ebu "with 61 victims, Dzakan with 38, Kpada with four deaths and three other victims from Kogi state, bringing the total number of victims to 106 and the total number of people salvaged to about 144".
For his part, the president of the Patigi Local Government Area Transition Implementation Committee, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim Liman, assured that more than 200 people were traveling on the ship.
In turn, the president of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and promised that his government would improve the safety of water transport.
HE Governor @RealAARahman speaking to the press in Kpada as he arrived Patigi to commiserate with the people over the tragic boat mishap in the communities. He prayed Allah to grant them al-jannah Firdaus and comfort the affected families. pic.twitter.com/CaEww1xCLK
— Malik�� (@ninoroyals)
June 14, 2023
"I am deeply saddened by the news of the tragic boat accident that claimed the lives of our people in Kwara State. The fact that the victims were invited to a wedding makes this unfortunate accident all the more painful," he lamented.
This fact is added to the one that occurred last May, when at least 15 minors died and another 25 disappeared when an overloaded boat capsized in the state of Sokoto (northwest), in which they were traveling to collect firewood.
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