Six girls killed in Kebbi canoe mishap
By our correspondent
Six girls were reportedly killed following a canoe mishap in Suru Local Government Area of Kebbi State, reports say.
The Chairman of the council, Malam Umaru Maigandi, confirmed the incident to newsmen on Tuesday.
According to our source, the incident occurred when the canoe capsized while ferrying the victims across Tindifai River on Monday.
The canoe left Tindifai village conveying nine girls to a Fadama area where they were going to harvest rice but unfortunately capsized, along the way due to overloading.
The chairman said: “The village is close to Bendu in Tundifai; the girls were on their way to harvest rice in the Fadama area when the incident occurred and resulted in the death of six of them. The deceased were between the ages of 12 years and 15 years.”
Thre victims were said to be rescued alive by the driver of the canoe, Umar Faruk, a 13-year-old.
He added: “The deceased had been buried according to the Islamic rites, and we have condoled the families as well as sympathised with those that survived the mishap,” he said.
Malam Maigari blamed the incident on overloading, as the canoe had any five-passenger capacity but overloaded due to carelessness.
The chairman further disclosed that the council will embark upon sensitization programme to sensitise the communities to the dangers of canoes overloading, particularly those in the riverine communities of the state.