At least 13 persons, including women and children, have died in a boat mishap that occurred in Shagari Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
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The victims were said to be traveling from Doruwa to Ginga on Thursday, when the boat capsized.
Aliyu Dantine Shagari, chairman of the local government council, who confirmed the incident, said eight of the victims were married women and the remaining five were children and elderly men.
He noted that the boat might have been overloaded.
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“But there are other causes of boat mishap including strong wind. We are still investigating the matter to know what actually led to the accident,” he said.
Shagari stated that all the bodies have been recovered and buried in line with Islamic rites.
He recalled that six people also died in a similar incident last year.
The state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has condoled with the people of the area.
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He promised to provide them with motorised boats and life jackets.
He prayed to God to grand the deceased eternal rest and their families the fortitude to bear their loss.