At least seven people have been feared dead with seven others hospitalized in Ngaski Local Government Area of Kebbi after a boat carrying 150 passengers returning from Malali Market capsized along River Niger.
With this, 136 passengers are feared to be missing.
Speaking on Saturday with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ngaski, the Coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in-charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States, Alhaji Sulaiman Muhammad, said that efforts were on going to rescue the missing passengers.
Muhammad said fishermen and officials of the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) were coordinating the rescue operation.
“As soon as we got the hint of the mishap, we put a call to the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority to help rescue the missing passengers.
“All the people on board were missing, but as rescue and search continued wide and deep of the river, 14 people were discovered; seven died and seven have been taken to Ngaski Hospital,” he said.
It is understood that the accident occurred when the boat on transit carrying 150 passengers hit a branch of tree in the water and capsized.