KADUNA, Nigeria — A ship ferrying about 200 individuals capsized within the northwestern Nigerian state of Kebbi on Wednesday, mentioned a spokesman for the state’s governor. He mentioned there have been casualties, however the actual quantity was unsure.
“The boat was ferrying about 200 passengers” from the neighboring nation of Niger, mentioned Yahaya Sarki, a media aide for the governor of Kebbi.
He added: “Our bodies are nonetheless being recovered. We are able to’t confirm the quantity for now.”
Boat accidents usually are not unusual in Nigeria, which has a monitor file of overcrowded vessels and poor upkeep and security. The variety of passengers on the boat Wednesday signifies that dozens of lives had been feared misplaced.
The boat capsized close to Wara, Mr. Sarki mentioned, a city on the shores of Kainji Lake, a part of the Niger River.
Many passengers had been getting back from a newly found gold vein in Niger, mentioned Qasimu Umar Wara, a resident of Wara.
“They often go there within the evenings and return to Wara within the morning,” he mentioned. “Most of them are petty merchants, meals distributors and the native miners.”