26 persons died as boat capsized in Sokoto


Twenty-six persons have been confirmed dead while search continues following a boat mishap on Shagari River in Shagari local government area of Sokoto state.

Chairman of Shagari Council area, Aliyu Dantani, who disclosed the accident today to the News Agency of Nigeria in Sokoto, said the incident occurred yesterday evening.

Aliyu Dantani said of the 26 recovered corpses, 21 were women while 5 were children, adding that a search and rescue mission was ongoing.

The council boss, however, said the actual number of passengers in the boat could not be immediately ascertained.

According to him, local divers were currently in the river to see how to either recover bodies or rescue survivors.