From Ahmed Idris Birnin kebbi
Six people have been confirmed dead while 12 others are still missing as two canoes with 78 people on board collided on the River Niger in Shangai local government area of Kebbi state.
The Incident it was learnt happened at night while the victims were returning to their respective communities in Shangai area of the state.
According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor,Abubakar Mu’azu Dakingari more than 60 passengers of the capsized canoes were rescued alive by the local divers.
It added that Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu during his condolence visit to the District Head, Alhaji Shehu Ahmad Sawa and families of the victims at Giron Masa in Shanga area had issued a standing order to traditional rulers, local government chairmen, marine police,
officials of the Inland Water Ways operating in the state to prohibit night travel by boats and canoes.
“The Governor warned that from now security agencies have been empowered to strictly enforce the ban on night travel by boat and canoe operators,” t the statement said.
The statement said the governor also extended his condolence to the Emir of Yauri, Alhaji Zayyanu Muhammad Abdullahi and the people of the Emirate, Toro, Dakingari and Kanzugu Villages on the tragedy and he prayed to Allah to grant those who lost their lives Aljanna Fiddausi and their family the fortitude to bear the loss.
The head of Giron Alhaji Sawa and a member of the House of Assembly, representing the area, Muhammadu Tukur Giron-Masa commended the governor for the prompt response of his administration to the issue of the canoe mishap and the financial assistance it gave to the family of the victims.