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No fewer than six persons lost their lives after their boat capsized on Kaduna River at Gbara in Mokwa Local Government Area of Niger State.
It was gathered that the boat capsized on Friday at about 6:30 p.m.
The Director-General, Niger state Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Ahmed Inga, who confirmed the incident via a statement issued on Saturday, disclosed that the boat which took off from Lanchikagi village in Lavun LGA was heading to Gbara village.
Inga said 48 passengers were on board, adding they were returning from Danchitagi village market in Lavun.
He stated that 37 persons survived, noting that six corpses were recovered, while five others are still missing.
The SEMA boss attributed the accident to heavy downpour accompanied by violent windstorm, adding that search and rescue operations were still ongoing to rescue the missing persons.
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