The ship departed from Niger State (Central) and headed for Kebbi State (North) on Wednesday.
On May 27, the local government told local residents on Wednesday (May 27) that after an overloaded ship sank along the Niger River, more than 150 people were missing, and they feared that they would be drowned. The ship came from Niger State (Central) and was heading for Kebbi State (Northern).
“The capacity of this ship is far less than the 180 passengers it carries”Yusuf Birma, a local waterway official, told reporters. “Currently only 20 people are still alive, 4 people are dead, and the remaining 156 people are still missing and may be underwater”, He introduced in detail. “That’s an old wooden boat in poor condition” Berma said the plane was heading to the local market and sank after an hour of travel.
President Mohamedu Buhari calls“Shocking” The accident expressed condolences to his family members without providing an official statement about the disaster. Previous reports from local authorities stated that out of the 160 passengers, 20 were survivors, or 140 were missing.
Administrative officials of the Ngaski Department of Abdullahi Buhari Wara in Kebbi State said that the ship also carried cargo of sandbags extracted from a nearby gold mine.
During the rainy season, capsized ships are common in Nigeria’s rivers and streams, where ships are often overloaded and poorly maintained. However, the last accident will be one of the deadliest.