Boat capsizes in Kwara state while 19 children got drown.
It was reported this morning in Ilorin that 19 children got drowned in a boat mishap on Saturday evening in Lafiagi, Edu Local Government Area in Kwara State.
The news reportes gathered that the boat was taking the children across River Niger to a traditional wedding ceremony in a community in Niger, when the tragedy occurred.
The boat was reportedly conveying about 21 people mostly children, when it suddenly capsized.
A source told the reporters that while two of the passengers were rescued, 19 others drowned, stressing that all efforts to rescue other passengers proved abortive because they were no were to be found
According to the source, “as at yesterday (Saturday) evening, four corpses have been recovered from the river. Efforts will resume this morning (yesterday) again ensuring that others are also found.
“Men of the Nigeria Police and the State Fire Service were part of the rescue mission. Unfortunately only two of them survived in the water crash.
Alhaji Sulyman Aliyu, the Secretary of the Lafiagi Traditional Council, has confirmed the incident.
Aliyu said the number of the victims could not be ascertained yet, noting that there was a conflict in the casualty figures.
He said: “Definitely, they are up to 12. The figure is between 12 and that 19 he mentioned.