KADUNA, Nigeria — A ship ferrying about 200 folks capsized in the northwestern Nigerian state of Kebbi on Wednesday, stated a spokesman for the state’s governor. He stated there have been casualties, however the precise quantity was unsure.
“The boat was ferrying about 200 passengers” from the neighboring nation of Niger, stated Yahaya Sarki, a media aide for the governor of Kebbi.
He added: “Bodies are still being recovered. We can’t ascertain the number for now.”
Boat accidents are usually not unusual in Nigeria, which has a observe document of overcrowded vessels and poor upkeep and security. The variety of passengers on the boat Wednesday signifies that dozens of lives have been feared misplaced.
The boat capsized close to Wara, Mr. Sarki stated, a city on the shores of Kainji Lake, a part of the Niger River.
Many passengers have been getting back from a newly found gold vein in Niger, stated Qasimu Umar Wara, a resident of Wara.
“They usually go there in the evenings and return to Wara in the morning,” he stated. “Most of them are petty traders, food vendors and the local miners.”