ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- At least 17 children have died After a boat they were travelling in capsized in Dandeji river in Shagari Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
Council Chairman Aliyu Dantani confirmed the mishap on Tuesday.
The accident occurred on Tuesday morning and the corpses were evacuated by local divers and buried according to Islamic rite at about 2:30 p.m.
Mr. Dantani explained that about 40 girls and boys were on their way to fetch firewood at a nearby bush when the boat capsized.
He said some of the passengers swam to safety while the search for others was ongoing.
A resident, Mamman Ibrahim, said the accident was reported by a canoe owner, adding that while 17 corpses were recovered, local divers are still searching for other victims.
A similar incident occurred on 13 April, 2022 at Gidan Magana village where 29 persons, mostly teenagers, died.
The deceased were also on their way to fetch firewood, a traditional activity of children in the area, who are mostly out of school.