No fewer than seven persons were said to have been killed in a boat mishap that occurred in Zhigiri village of Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
The incident was said to have occurred when some of the villagers were heading to Dnaweto, a neighbouring village in the hinterland for a christening around 4p.m. on Sunday, December 26, 2021.
Among the victims were four members of the same family –a man, two of his wives and his young son, Tribune reports.
The spokesman for the Coalition of Shiroro Association (COSA), Salis Sabo, confirmed the tragedy on Tuesday.
He said one corpse had not been recovered from the river.
Sabo said, “We, therefore, call on HYPPADEC to as matter of urgency, respond to this devastating incident and provide safety measures such as life jackets among others to help our people adapt to their new way of life and to also prevent the future recurrence of this ugly incident as done by the commission to the Warra Community of Kebbi State in the recent boat mishap that occurred.”