Death toll rises to 106 from shipwreck off Kwara, Nigeria | News

Rate this post

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."

"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.

"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.

Author Profile

Nathan Rivera
Allow me to introduce myself. I am Nathan Rivera, a dedicated journalist who has had the privilege of writing for the online newspaper Today90. My journey in the world of journalism has been a testament to the power of dedication, integrity, and passion.

My story began with a relentless thirst for knowledge and an innate curiosity about the events shaping our world. I graduated with honors in Investigative Journalism from a renowned university, laying the foundation for what would become a fulfilling career in the field.

What sets me apart is my unwavering commitment to uncovering the truth. I refuse to settle for superficial answers or preconceived narratives. Instead, I constantly challenge the status quo, delving deep into complex issues to reveal the reality beneath the surface. My dedication to investigative journalism has uncovered numerous scandals and shed light on issues others might prefer to ignore.

I am also a staunch advocate for press freedom. I have tirelessly fought to protect the rights of journalists and have faced significant challenges in my quest to inform the public truthfully and without constraints. My courage in defending these principles serves as an example to all who believe in the power of journalism to change the world.

Throughout my career, I have been honored with numerous awards and recognitions for my outstanding work in journalism. My investigations have changed policies, exposed corruption, and given a voice to those who had none. My commitment to truth and justice makes me a beacon of hope in a world where misinformation often prevails.

At Today90, I continue to be a driving force behind journalistic excellence. My tireless dedication to fair and accurate reporting is an invaluable asset to the editorial team. My biography is a living testament to the importance of journalism in our society and a reminder that a dedicated journalist can make a difference in the world.