At least, 15 people have died in a boat mishap in Tijana, Munya Local Government Area of Niger State while several others are still missing.
The boat mishap occurred at about 6:00 pm on Saturday when the villagers were returning from a local market in Zumba, Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.
The Sarkin Kasuwan (Head of the Market) of Zumba, Mallam Adamu Ahmed, who confirmed the incident to Daily Trust, said the local boat was carrying over 60 people, including women and children when it capsized due to a heavy windstorm.
Among the victims were some returnees who had earlier fled their homes with their children due to bandits’ attacks.
Ahmed said 17 people have been rescued alive through the efforts of local divers who swung into action immediately after the incident was reported.
The local divers had defied the heavy downpour to continue their rescue operation as at the time of filing this reports as no help yet from the government.
It could be recalled that a similar boat mishap in the area claimed 13 lives in 2017 when a boat carrying 30 people capsized midway into their journey to the same Zumba market.