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    Six Traders Die, 12 Others Missing In Kebbi Boat Mishap

    Six traders have been confirmed dead while 12 others are missing after a boat mishap on River Niger in Shanga Local Government Area of Kebbi state.

    Announcing the sad incident, the chief press secretary to the governor, Abubakar Dankagari, said two canoes carrying 78 passengers were returning home with their goods at about 8pm when they had a collission that resulted in them capsizing.

    “Two canoes were carrying more than 78 passengers, six persons have been confirmed dead while 12 are still missing and over 60 were rescued,” he said.

    A resident of the area, Abubakar Maleje, said that it was a terrible scene as the traders were brought out from the river.

    “I have seen six dead bodies and others are still missing in the river while search and rescue mission is still on by the authorities concerned. Most of the passengers were travelling in the night in spite of the dangers of river voyage in the night. You can see the local boat operators over loading their boats with goods and people,” he said.

    Recall that no fewer than 53 traders were reported dead in a boat mishap on River Niger in Bagudo Local Government Area in the state in September 2017.

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