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11 persons die in Niger boat mishap

18 passengers were aboard the ill-fated boat.

The Niger State Disaster Management Agency has confirmed the death of 11 persons in a boat mishap between Garafini-Kodo and Garafini riverine area of Borgu Local Government Area of the state.

The Special Adviser to the governor in charge of the agency, Mohammed Shaba, told journalists on Tuesday in Minna that the accident occurred on Monday.

Mr. Shaba said that 18 passengers were aboard the ill-fated boat when the accident occurred between 5.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m.

He said that seven persons survived the incident which he described, as unfortunate while 11 others who were confirmed dead have since been buried.

Mr. Shaba, who told journalists that the cause of the incident is yet to be ascertained, said that the boat was conveying the passengers from Garafini-Kodo to Garafini.

Mr. Shaba said that the cause of the incident would be made public as soon as it is confirmed.

(NAN)

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