Abubakar Sani Bello, the Governor of Niger State, has ordered the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to immediately begin a search and rescue effort for the remaining victims who drowned in the Zumba-Guni River while escaping bandit assaults.
The governor also told the agency to help the remaining residents who were leaving.
The corpses of four children and nine women have been retrieved, according to Michael Madaki, a local resident, while the hunt for the remaining victims continues.
The governor called the occurrence as “disturbing and distressing” in a statement sent by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje.
He expressed his condolences to the deceased’s family and the whole Munya Local Government Area.
He also condemned the state’s ongoing unwarranted attacks on innocent individuals in various areas.
The governor stated that no matter how hard the criminals tried to continue their heinous acts, the government would stay consistent in its attempts to eradicate crime in the state.
While praising the combined security operatives’ efforts and sacrifices, Governor Sani Bello urged them to be more aggressive in their operations.