At least 30 bodies have been recovered and seven unaccounted for in a boat accident which occurred in Niger State on Saturday.
The boat was said to be carrying over 100 people, including women and children from Tijana, Munya Local Government Area of the state when they were returning from a local market in Zumba, Shiroro.
However, it capsized midway at around 6:00pm after it encountered a heavy windstorm.
Adamu Ahmed, Sarkin Kasuwan (head of the market) in Zumba, confirmed that local divers have recovered 30 bodies since search-and-rescue operations began on Saturday night.
He explained that the divers are still intensifying search for more bodies, even as he lamented that lack of support in the area of logistics from any quarter is slowing their search operation.
Among the victims were some returnees who had earlier fled their homes with their children due to bandits’ attacks.
“Some of the victims were going back to the village to go and get some food item and return back to Zumba where they are taking refuge as a result of bandits’ activities in the affected communities,” Adamu said.
The victims were from about seven communities, all in Munya local government, where armed bandits have intensified attacks on the people.
Ahmed Inga, the Director-General, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), confirmed that 100 people were onboard the boat.
He, however, said only 28 bodies had been recovered, with 65 rescued while the search for the remaining seven is ongoing.