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No fewer than 18 bodies of mostly children were recovered while six persons were declared missing after a boat capsized in Mai’adua Local Government Area of Katsina State.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that a resident, Lawal Sakatare, who confirmed the incident, said 24 persons on Sallah celebrations were onboard the ill-fated canoe when it capsized and 18 persons, majority of whom were young children, drowned.
The resident said “Fourteen of them were from Tsabu village while four were from Dogon Hawa village. Fifteen out of the 18 were buried in Mai’adua today (Thursday) while the remaining six persons onboard are still missing.”
He added that a team from the affected villages was still on a search and rescue mission, trying to locate the remaining six even though hope of getting them alive had dimmed.
Police spokesman in Katsina, SP Gambo Isah, could not be reached as of the time of filing this report .