15 die in boat mishap on way to  fetch firewood  


CITIZENS COMPASS – ON their way to fetch firewood to cook meal, no fewer than 15 girls have reportedly lost their lives in a boat mishap which occurred in Dandeji village in Shagari Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

The sad incident occurred on Tuesday.

It was learnt that the ill-fated boat was conveying 40 girls, who were on their way to fetch firewood at a nearby bush.

However, 15 of them lost their lives on the spot while the rest were rescued by emergency responders. 

A resident of the area, Muhammad Ibrahim, said 15 corpses had already been recovered and local divers were still searching for the other victims.

The chairman of Shagari Local Government, Aliyu Abubakar, confirmed the accident and said the corpse of the deceased had been buried according to Muslims rites.

The Sokoto police Public Relations Officer, DSP Umar Mohammed did not pick his call for confirmation.


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