Hundreds Feared Dead After Boat Capsizes In Nigeria

Lukpada mentioned that there was a marriage ceremony in a nearby village and it started raining after the ceremony.
Hundreds of people are feared dead after a boat capsized in the Niger River in Nigeria
Hundreds of people are feared dead after a boat capsized in the Niger River in NigeriaREPRESENTATIVE

Hundreds of people are feared to have drowned, including wedding guests following a boat capsize in the Niger River in Nigeria early on Monday, according to CNN.

As per CNN who quoted a local chief, the boat was carrying around 300 people when it capsized after hitting a tree trunk. Traditional chief in Kpada, Abdul Gana Lukpada was quoted as saying that the accident took place in the early hours of Monday (local time).

Abdul Gana Lukpada, a traditional chief in Kpada in Patigi district of north-central Kwara State said that after heavy showers led to the roads getting flooded, some stranded wedding guests using a boat had resorted to crossing the river from Egboti village in Niger State to Kpada.

Lukpada mentioned that there was a marriage ceremony in a nearby village and it started raining after the ceremony. The people who attended the wedding who could not ride motorcycles decided to use a boat to move people out of Egboti village.

"There was a marriage ceremony in a nearby village ... Egboti village which is by the river Niger. The terrain of the community is terrible when it rains. After the ceremony, it rained, so those who attended with motorcycles could not ride the motorcycles out of the community. They decided to use a big boat to convey people out of Egboti," CNN quoted Abdul Gana Lukpada as saying.

Abdul Gana Lukpada said that the boat was carrying up to 300 people, which included both men and women from various communities. He further said, "It was early on Monday between 3:00 - 4:00 am. As they sailed, the boat hit a tree branch hiding in the water and it split into two. The volume of water was high, so it carried the passengers away. I've been informed that only 53 escaped. The rest are feared dead."

Lukpada termed the accident as a "big tragedy" and further said that he has lost four of his neighbours. Speaking to CNN, Ajayi Okasanmi, spokesperson for the police command in Kwara, said, that a team has been deployed in the region to conduct on-the-spot assessment of what happened."

The Kwara State government has offered sympathies to the families of the victims. It further said that they are monitoring the rescue efforts that are being conducted to find the survivors, a spokesperson for the government, Rafiu Ajakaye, said in a statement, CNN reported. Earlier in May, at least 15 people died after a boat capsized in Nigeria's Sokoto.

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