14 die, 6 missing in Nigeria boat capsize
14 die, 6 missing in Nigeria boat capsize

At least 14 people were killed and six others went missing after a boat capsized earlier this week in northwest Nigeria, the official News Agency of Nigeria reported on Friday.

About 100 rice farmers were aboard the boat when it capsized on Tuesday evening on a river in the Koko/Besse Local Government Area of Kebbi State, the report said, adding that 80 people have been rescued alive.

In a statement on Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari mourned the victims of the accident and commended the efforts of rescue workers who, according to him, worked for days searching for the missing persons.

The president urged stakeholders to pay more attention to proper regulation of transportation by boats, especially in rural areas.

Boat accidents are not uncommon in Nigeria, often due to overloading and faulty operation.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency

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