NSEMA releases Niger boat accident victims’ names

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The Niger State Emergency Management Agency, on Wednesday, released the names and photos of some recovered  bodies of victims of the boat accident which occurred on Monday morning.

NSEMA spokesman, Hussaine Ibrahim, who spoke to The PUNCH on telephone said one of them, Murna Ezekiel, was from Kebbi State while Bilyaminu Kontagora, Dauda Alhassan Kasabu and Iliya Kpchra Busuru were all from Niger State.

Ibrahim also disclosed that two more bodies have been recovered from the river Wednesday morning and will make their names available as soon as they get the details.

The boat, which was carrying passengers going from Kasabu village in Agwara Local Government Area of Niger State to Yauri, Kebbi State, capsized due to heavy rains and wind on Monday morning.

Ibrahim said since the incident, search and rescue operations by the local divers and boat owners under the supervision of the agency’s desk officer in Agwara had not stopped.

He, however, said the work of the search and rescue team had been disrupted by the continuous rains and strong wind.

The agency attributed the cause of the incident to water hyacinth as well as the strong waves.

“I want to inform you that two more bodies have been recovered this morning and as soon as we get the details I will let you know,” Ibrahim told our correspondent.

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