Two yet-to-be-identified persons have been confirmed dead, while six more have been reported missing in a boat accident in Dabi village area of Ringim Local Government Area of Jigawa State.
According to The PUNCH, the Chairman of the affected LGAS, Shehu Sule Udi, who confirmed the incident to newsmen disclosed that it happened on Sunday evening.
According to him, the victims were on their way to a condolence visit from Dabi to Siyango village.
Udi said the bodies of seven out of the 13 victims had been recovered, while the remaining six are still missing.
The Jigawa Police Command Public Relations Officer, Lawan Shiisu Adam, who also confirmed the boat mishap, said the search and rescue team was launched with the assistance of local divers, adding that seven people were recovered in the process, while the remaining six are still missing as at the time of filing this report.
“Two out of the seven recovered victims were confirmed dead by a medical doctor, while the rest five, who are in critical condition, are still receiving medical attention,” he said.
He said preliminary investigations revealed that the canoe hit an object and gradually sunk while the occupants drowned.
Meanwhile, the police spokesman disclosed that efforts are still in progress toward searching for the bodies of the remaining six victims.