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A tragic boat accident occurred on the Kwalgai River in Auyo Local Government Area of Jigawa State on Sunday evening, July 8, 2024, resulting in the death of one person while 18 others were rescued. One person is, however, still missing.

The police spokesperson Lawan Adam, stated that 20 traders were travelling from Kwalgai in Auyo Local Government Area to neighbouring Hadin in Kaugama council when the boat capsised.

Mr Adam said local divers and the police rescued most of the victims after responding swiftly to a report of the accident.

“The rescue team was able to rescue eighteen (18) passengers alive, while two (2) female passengers were still searching”, Mr Adam said.

 

The incident occured at around 10:00 pm when a group of about 20 marketers from Kwalgwai village, boarded a canoe to travel across the Kwalgai River toward Hadin village.

The police spokesperson said preliminary findings revealed that the accident was primarily caused by powerful waves and overloading that led to the driver losing control of the canoe.

“Upon receiving the distress call, a team of policemen led by the DPO raced to the scene. Divers and fishermen were also swiftly notified and engaged in the rescue operation,” said DSP Lawan Shiisu Adam,

“Unfortunately, two female passengers were initially reported missing. Early on the morning of July 8, one of the missing females, identified as Habiba Ado, 18, from Kwalgwai, was found and rushed to Auyo hospital, where she was declared dead by the on-call medical doctor.

The police said all rescued victims have been taken to the hospital for medical attention while efforts are ongoing to locate the remaining missing passenger.

The command has urged residents and travellers to exercise caution and avoid overloading canoes, especially during adverse weather conditions, to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

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