No fewer than one hundred people were declared missing after a boat capsized on Malale River in Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State.
The Director-General of the state emergency management agency, Ahmed Inga disclosed that the boat capsized at about 3:00 pm on Wednesday.
Inga says a report from the NSEMA’s desk officer in the area indicates that one hundred passengers were on board the ill-fated boat.
The boat had left Malale in Borgu Local Government Area of Niger heading to Kebbi State when the incident occurred.
As of the time of filing the report, the number of deaths remains uncertain even as rescue operations are ongoing in the area.
“We have deployed all our men, including local swimmers on rescue missions.
“They are still searching for the victims. For now, we are still gathering details on the incident and we will get back to you when we have all the information,” Inga said.
There have been rising cases of boat mishaps in Niger State in recent years.
Between 2019 and 2020, at least fifty people lost their lives on the Malale river following incidences of boat mishaps.
In April 2021, a boat carrying over seventy passengers, mostly farmers and traders also capsized on a river at Zumba in Munya local government area of the state, leaving scores of people killed.