The office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Sokoto, has announced that a total of 81 bodies have so far been recovered following the boat mishap that happened in Wara, Ngaski LGA of Kebbi state.
According to Mary Noel-Berje, a spokeswoman for the Niger State government, the tragic incident occurred early on Wednesday, May 26, after a boat conveying over 150 passengers left Loko Mina in Niger State at about 7.30 am and was heading to a market in Kebbi State.
The wooden boat capsized near Wara, a town on the shores of Kainji Lake, part of the Niger River, said Yahaya Sarki, a spokesman for the governor of Kebbi.
While 22 persons were rescued alive, more than 100 persons were feared to have drowned in the incident.
According to a statement from the Sokoto NEMA office, as of Thursday, 59 bodies had been recovered from the river. It has now been updated to 81.