Human Rights


Tragedy struck in Mokwa and Katcha council areas of Niger state on Saturday where 10 people were feared dead in two different accidents involving boat mishap and tanker explosion.

While seven people were feared killed when they drowned in Katcha local government area, tanker explosion killed three in Mokwa town.

LEADERSHIP Sunday gathered that those drowned in Katcha as a result of the boat mishap comprised of four female and three children. The incidence happened along River Gbako, a tributary of River Niger in Katcha local government area of the state.

An eyewitness said the capsized boat was carrying 10 locals, all female from a community around the area called Balsa, who were heading to a farm across the river to trash rice when the accident happened in the early hours of Saturday.

It was learnt that, the owner of the farm, one Yabagi Government lost a wife, a daughter and granddaughter in the boat mishap on the Gbako river, a tributary that joined Katcha and Lavun local government area of the state.

It was further gathered that the incidence involving tanker explosion where three persons were killed occurred when a tanker carrying diesel collided with other tankers. Four persons were reportedly injured.

The director-general of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Mallam Ahmed Ibrahim Inga confirmed the two accidents but added that three victims were rescued from the boat mishap.

He said the tide and the current that come with the rivers in the morning are always strong and make it easy for boats to capsize resulting in accident this time of the year.