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Boat captain, female passenger survived capsize, others dead: Niger Govt

The Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) says the captain of a capsized boat and a female passenger survived.

The boat occurred on Sunday at Zhigiri village, Shiroro local government area.

Ahmed Inga, NSEMA’s director-general disclosed on Wednesday that the remains of seven dead passengers had been recovered.

He noted that the capsize occurred while the boat was sailing to Dnaweto, a neighbouring village in the hinterland, for a naming ceremony.

Mr Inga said the passengers of the boat were nine and they took off from Zhijigiri village to Dnaweto.

He further stated that the boat sailed on the water from the ongoing construction of the Zungeru hydro electric power dam.

“The boat driver and a lady survived while seven person lost their lives to the unfortunate incident. The bodies of the deceased have been recovered and buried,” he said.

(NAN)

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