Eighteen people returning from a wedding ceremony in Sokoto, Nigeria unfortunately met with an accident as the boat they ferried overturned and claimed the lives of 13 people.
The guests had boarded the boat from the wedding venue in Shagari district on Friday, but the boat capsized, leaving only five survivors.
“Thirteen people traveling from Dorowa to Ginga village died in the boat mishap,” Sokoto state government spokesman, Muhammad Bello confirmed.
“The passengers were all members of the same family heading home after attending the wedding ceremony,” local lawmaker Maidawa Kajiji said. “It was a small boat loaded with 18 passengers but only five survived and were rescued.”
Officials recounted that something similar occurred a week ago; a boat conveying 180 passengers had split and sank on the Niger River in Kebbi state. Only 20 people survived out of the 180 passengers. Days later, 150 people went missing in another boat accident.
Overloading, weather and lack of proper maintenance are cited as some causes of the frequent boats accidents on Nigerian waterways.
Though, NIWA (National Inland Waterways Authority) has banned night-time sailing on the rivers to stop accidents and says overloading ships is a criminal offense, but skippers and crews often ignore the regulations.
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