Niger boat mishap death toll hits 26



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The death toll for last Friday’s boat mishap on River Niger in Malali
in Borgu local government area of Niger State has increased from 22 to
26.

The state Commissioner for Transport, Alhaji Garba Mohammed, on
Monday released the manifest of the 26 victims as he announced
government approval for the release of N13 million to the victims’
families.
 
Addressing journalists in Minna, Mohammed said that 20 adults
including a village head Tunga Illo, Alhaji Garba Mekeri and a staff of
National Parks, Abubakar Dangudu and six juveniles were among the
victims.
 
The boat capsized on Friday while conveying passengers, who are
mostly traders from Malale Village to Tunga Illo village on River Niger.
 
The commissioner, who said the captain of the boat who survived the
accident, said the boat ran into storms under the water and before the
captain could salvage the situation, the boat split into two.
 
He, however, blamed operators of the boat service for not adhering
to existing laws regulating water transport service in the state, by not
providing life jacket for their passengers.
 
This, according tom him, accounted for the casualties recorded.
Mohammed added that the state governor has approved the release of N.5million for the victims’ families.
 
“Aside from the inter-ministerial committee set up by government to
visit the Emir of Borgu to commiserate with him and the people of the
area, the governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has approved the release
of N.5million to families of each of the 26 victims,” Mohammed
disclosed.
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