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29 die as boat capsizes in Sokoto

Twenty nine people were drowned to dead following a boat capsized in Shagari LGA of Sokoto state.

Confirming the incident, the chairman of the local council Alh. Aliyu Dantani said local divers who were mobilized to search for the remaining victims had succeeded in rescuing five victims alive out of the Dam.

He explained that the total number of passengers in the boat was not known, twenty nine corpses including twenty three female and six male had so far been recovered.

Alh. Aliyu Dantani regretted that the incident occurred in late hours of Tuesday evening, when the boat was trying to cross over the Dam to the next village known as Maganawa.

The Chairman who attended the burial rituals of the deceased victims, Cautioned the inhabitants of the area to be mindful of using local boat while crossing the dam.

Reporting by Nasir Malali, Editing by Omotola Oguneye