No fewer than 18 people were killed when a canoe carrying 23 farmers capsized in Bauchi state.
Although five people were rescued alive, the driver and a passenger were unconscious.
The Public Relations Officer of the Police, Bauchi State Command, Ahmed Wakil, made this known in a statement made available to journalists on Friday in Bauchi.
According to him, among the deceased were eight children, eight adolescents and two adults.
He said the incident occurred on the Buji River in the Itas Gadau local government area of Bauchi state.
He said: “On Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 11 am, Ali Adamu, Majiya village chief, arrived at the Itas-Gadau Police Station and reported that on the same date around 10. At 30 In the morning, a Nuhu Kaila, a male from Zango Majiya village, took about 23 people in a canoe from Zango Majiya to the farm.
“Upon reaching the center of the Buji River, the canoe capsized, and as a result, the following people: Abdulraham Shehu, male (20), Suwaiba Yusuf, female (12), Saude Abdulkarim, female (14), Fatima Maigari , female (10), Zuwaira Maigari, female (10), Hari Maigari, female (9), Hussaina Maigari, female (8), Ummani Abdulkarim, female (15), Halima Saminu, female (15), from the village of Gidan Ganji.
Others are Najaatu Hamza, (15), Nura Abdullahi, Male (25), Yahuza Abdullahi, (12), Hafsa Abdullahi, female (11) from Majiya village, Sadiya Hashimu, (10), Khadija Alhassan, (15) , from Gwarai village, Amina Idris, (15) Kaltime Hudu, female (14), Furaira Malam Magaji, female (14), from Zangon Majiya village drowned in the river and died at the scene. “
Wakil, a deputy superintendent of police added: “The canoe driver and Aisha Adamu, female (16), Umaru Adamu, male (30) were rescued unconscious. “
He said that upon receiving the report, the DPO and a team of police officers went to the scene.
“The corpses were taken out of the river and taken to the General Hospital of Itas, for their post-mortem examination.
“A doctor certified the death of 18 people, while 5 were rescued,” he said.
Source: – Punch ng