Kebbi Boat Mishap: Fayemi, Tambuwal Visit Bagudu, Emphasise On Safety

NGF Chairman and Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi speaks to Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu during a condolence visit over the recent boat mishap in Kebbi.


The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Ekiti state Governor, Kayode Fayemi and his Sokoto counterpart, Aminu Tambuwal have visited Governor, Atiku Bagudu over the recent boat mishap that claimed over 100 lives in Kebbi State.

They visited the northwestern state on Monday night alongside Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong who also serves as the Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum.

The three governors commiserated with the people and government of Kebbi state over the unfortunate incident in Warrah town.

While emphasising on the need to ensure compliance to all safety rules regarding all forms of transportations in the country, Fayemi said the search and rescue capacity of the national emergency agencies needs to be upgraded to meet the daily occurrence of emergency in the country.

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He also added that safety rules such as manifestos of passengers in all means of transportation should be adhered to.

“The search and rescue capacity of our emergency services really ought to be prepared for any eventuality of this type whether it is from the Air Force or capacity of the NEMA and our own state management agency should ensure that we are actually better prepared for this,” he said.

The NGF Chairman also announced a donation of N50 million to Kebbi State Government for the victims of the unfortunate development.

On his part, Governor Bagudu said 81 persons have been buried, adding that 22 persons were rescued alive in the boat said to have carried over 150 passengers.

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FG Working To Prevent Another Kebbi Boat Disaster, Says Malami

Men carry the body of a man out of the water in Ngaski, Nigeria, on May 26, 2021 after an overloaded boat sank in the Niger River. AFP


The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Saturday said the Federal Government is working to prevent a reoccurrence of the Kebbi boat mishap across the country.

Over a hundred people were reported missing on Wednesday after a boat capsized at Corner Libata in Ngaski Local Government Area of Kebbi State.

On Thursday, rescue workers had pulled about 36 bodies from the water, according to local officials.

Malami, while visiting the local government on Saturday, said the Federal Government has directed multi-faceted inter-agency collaboration while advancing safety measure approaches to bring to an end re-occurrence of boat mishap in the country.

He was visiting Kebbi on condolence purposes over the tragedy.

“On behalf of the Federal Government and indeed the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari, let me express deep and sincere sympathy of the Government of the Federation of Nigeria to the people of Warra, Ngaski Local Government and Kebbi State Government over this unfortunate incidence,” Malami said, according to a statement signed by spokesman Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu.

According to Malami, the Federal Government will certainly work with the Kebbi State Government to bring about institutional arrangements to eliminate reoccurance of such incidents.

Malami said there was the need for mutual collaboration among Nigerian Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) to address the incidence.

He said it was out of the desire to address related issues the Federal Government established Hydroelectric Power Producing Area Development Communication (HYPPADEC).

Malami through his nonprofit, Khadimiyya Initiative for Justice and Development donated bags of rice to each of the affected families and two million naira for them.

Death Toll In Taraba Boat Accident Rises To Four, Seven Missing

Taraba Boat Mishap


The death toll in the Taraba boat accident that occurred on Thursday night has risen to four with seven people missing.

More than 70 persons are believed to have been involved in the accident but the majority of them were rescued shortly after it happened.

Witnesses explained that the incident occurred when a boat conveying traders who were returning from Damper market to Ibi town in Ibi Local Government Area of the state came to the aid of some people stranded in a faulty boat.

The distressed boat had hit a log floating in the river, a mishap which caused its engine to stop working.

When the passengers in the faulty boat boarded the rescue boat, it became overloaded and capsised.

Before help could come their way, two persons had drowned with nine said to be missing, after 63 persons were rescued.

On Saturday, two more corpses were recovered by emergency workers, taking the death toll to four with seven others still missing.


At Least 20 Persons Killed As Boat Capsizes In Sokoto

Map of Sokoto State.
Map of Sokoto State.


At least 20 persons have been killed in a boat accident, which occurred in Gandi District of Rabah Local Government Area, Sokoto State.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) told AFP on Friday that the vessel, which was carrying 50 passengers overturned in strong currents in a river around 10:00 am on Thursday.

“Rescue teams recovered the bodies of 17 women and four children on board the overloaded boat which capsized due to strong waves,” Suleiman Karim of NEMA said.

He added that 29 passengers were lucky to make it to the shore.

The passengers were heading to Garin Kare village on the other side of the river to check on their homes, which they deserted following deadly raids last month by suspected cattle rustlers on neighbouring villages.

Thousands of the villagers fled to a makeshift camp in Gandi town after the bandits’ attack, in which 32 people were killed and dozens of homes burnt.

Meanwhile, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal has commiserated with the families of the victims of the boat mishap.

The governor in a statement which was signed by his media aide, Abubakar Shekara also prayed for the quick recovery of the survivors.

“Governor Tambuwal prays for the repose of the souls of those who died in the accident and quick recovery of survivors, with the hope that the people of Gandi would regard the calamities as trials from Allah. He prayed that they would be granted the fortitude to bear with the loss of loved ones,”

Governor Tambuwal added that Sokoto State was still grieving the loss of about 40 persons, who were killed in an attack by armed criminals in the same area, before this recent boat mishap.

50 Killed In Northwest DR Congo Boat Accident

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Fifty people died in a boat accident on a river in remote northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), officials said on Friday.

The accident happened on the Momboyo river Wednesday night, Richard Mboyo Iluka, vice governor of Tshuapa province, told AFP, saying: “We found 49 bodies on Thursday and another one this morning.”

The boat had been transporting passengers and a large amount of goods from the town of Monkoto to the city of Mabandaka in Equateur province, local residents said.

“The causes of the sinking and the number of people missing are not yet known. The provincial government has already sent a team there to find out more,” Mboyo said.

He added, however, that the boat had been travelling by night — something that is illegal under government safety measures — and did not have lights.

Accidents are a frequent hazard on the DRC’s rivers and lakes, due to decrepit boats, overloading, lack of safety equipment and the fact that few Congolese know how to swim.

In February, at least 14 people were reported missing when two boats sank on the Congo River.

Kaduna Deputy Governor Visits Scene Of Boat Accident

The Deputy Governor of Kaduna state, Bala Bantex has paid a condolence visit to the families of victims of Wednesday’s boat mishap which claimed the lives of five students at the Kaduna River located in the state capital.

Mr Bantex who was accompanied by top government officials also visited the scene of the incident where he was briefed by officials of the State Emergency Management Agency on how the accident occurred.

At the residence of the deceased families in Sabon Tasha area in the outskirts of the state capital, he announced that government will immediately launch an investigation into the immediate and remote cause of the incident with a view to forestalling a future reoccurrence.

Five Students from a private secondary school were on Wednesday declared missing after a boat capsized in a river in Kaduna state, North West Nigeria.

The students were reported to have slipped from an old barge and plunged into the water while on an excursion at a waterworks facility at the Kaduna River in the state capital.

Kaduna Boat Mishap: El-Rufai To Visit Scene Of Incident

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai will on Friday be visiting the scene of the Kaduna boat incident which claimed the lives of three students while two other students are still missing.

The incident occurred on Wednesday when five secondary school students had been declared missing after a boat capsized in a river in Kaduna state, North West Nigeria.

The students were reported to have slipped from an old barge and plunged into the water while on an excursion at a waterworks facility at the Kaduna River in the state capital.

The Executive Secretary of Kaduna State Emergency management agency, Ezekiel Baba-Karik, has confirmed that three bodies have been recovered while two others are still missing.

On Wednesday, local divers had recovered two bodies from the river while the third body was found in the late hours of Wednesday night from the five students that went missing after the boat capsized.


Kaduna Boat Mishap: Two Bodies Recovered, Three Missing

Local divers have recovered two bodies of the five students from a Private Secondary School who drowned in the Kaduna River, while others are still missing.

The victims are reported to have slipped from an old barge and plunged into the water while on excursion at a waterworks facility at the Kaduna River in the state capital.

According to the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), a search-and-rescue operation is on to find the missing students.

 Five secondary school students had been declared missing after a boat capsized in a river in Kaduna state, North West Nigeria.

The incident was said to have occurred on Wednesday afternoon.

The Executive Secretary of Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency, Ezekiel Baba-Karik who confirmed the incident to Channels TV, said the victims, from a private secondary school in the state capital, were on an excursion at River Kaduna when the incident occurred.

At Least 50 Feared Dead In Niger Boat Mishap

BREAKING: At Least 50 Feared Dead In Niger Boat Mishap

No fewer than 50 persons have been reported dead following a boat mishap at Kiri village in Munya Local Government of Niger State.

Channels Television gathered that the victims had boarded a canoe to convey them to Zumba market in Shiroro Local Government Area of the state before the accident occurred in early hours of today (Sunday).

According to an eyewitness, the cause of the mishap was due to a heavy rainfall in the morning while they were on their way home, cursing the boat to capsize and claim the lives of the majority of the occupants.

Investigations revealed that the canoe was conveying both men and women, as well as youths and children numbering about 60 whose bodies are yet to be found.

Public Relations Officer for the Niger State Police Command, Mr Babalola Adewole, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

Adewole said the Command had already sent a team of Marine Police to the area, but they were yet to hear from them as at the time of filing this report.

Spokesman for the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Mallam Hussaini, also confirmed the accident.

Hussaini also informed that there were 60 passengers onboard and four persons have been rescued while the whereabouts of others were yet to be ascertained.

He, however, said the agency was keeping in touch with the village head and the Marine Police deployed to the area.

Another Boat Mishap Claims 18 Lives In Niger

Another boat mishap has claimed 18 lives in Kokoli in Borugu Local Government Area of Niger state.

The mishap occurred at about 4pm when a commercial boat conveying about 80 traders back from the weekly market in Kokoli to Ulakami split into two and capsized on River Niger.

The boat which was alleged to be very old and rickety was said to have split into two midway of the 10 kilometre journey leading to the drowning and subsequent death of 18 passengers.

An official of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Mohammed Shaba, confirmed the latest accident on Saturday.

This is coming barely six days after a boat mishap on River Niger claimed 26 lives in Malali village in Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State, and 100 others were said to be missing, following a boat mishap yesterday in Malili village in Borgu local government area of Niger state on Friday September 27.

Ibrahim Hussaini, the Public Relation officer of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) told Channels Television that the incident occurred as the passengers mainly traders were returning from Malili to their village Tunga Illo across the River Niger, after a market day.

The boat believed to be carrying over 150 passengers, capsized mid-way into the journey.

Mr Hussaini said swimmers from Malili village swung into action immediately they heard about the mishap and they were able to retrieve 42 bodies from the river.