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Two killed in Kano boat mishap

Personnel of Kano state Fire Service during a boat mishap in Rimin Gado Local Government Area of the state. Photo: Khadija Aliyu

A boat mishap has claimed two lives at Zangon Durgu village, Rimin Gado local government area of Kano state.

The public relations officer of the Kano State Fire Service, Saminu Abdullahi confirmed the sad incident to Radio Nigeria in Kano.

According to Saminu Abdullahi, the agency received a distress call at 11:50 am from Barrister Dahiru that a boat conveying four people from Zangon Durgu to Kanya village capsized.

He explained that a rescue team was quickly mobilized to the scene and a 35-year-old Sani Shitu and Jabir Sani were rescued alive, while Sha’aban Bala and Rabi’u Bashari were confirmed dead by health officials.

Saminu Yusif Abdullahi explained that the bodies have been handed over to the vice-chairman of Rimin Gado’s local government area, Shafi’u Gulu.

Radio Nigeria reported that in December 2021, a boat conveying passengers mostly students from Badau to Bagwai town capsized leading to the death of over 40 people.

The great tragedy led to the ban of canoes in the area by the Kano state government, as a similar accident had happened on the same axis 13 years ago, leading to the death of many people.

Reporting by Khadija Aliyu; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino