The Police Command in Jigawa State has disclosed that the death toll in Sunday’s canoe mishap in Dabi community of Ringim Local Government Area has risen to seven.
The incident occurred when a canoe, conveying 13 passengers on their way to a condolence visit, capsized after hitting an object.
The police, upon receipt of the report, launched a search and rescue mission at the scene with the assistance of local divers in the area.
The mission, according to the police, led to the recovery of seven persons on the spot who were rushed to General Hospital, Ringim for medical attention.
Two out of the seven recovered occupants, Bara’atu Garba, 30, and Mahmud Surajo, 3, were certified dead by a medical doctor on duty.
The remaining five people were admitted at the hospital, while the other six victims remained missing.
The spokesperson of the command, DSP Lawan Shiisu, in a statement in Dutse on Monday, confirmed the recovery of five more bodies, which brought the number of people that died in the incident to seven.
“Among the six persons missing in yesterday’s canoe mishap in Ringim LGA, report shows that five more corpses were recovered while one person is still missing.
“So far seven people lost their lives in the incident,” the spokesperson said.
Shiisu added that efforts to recover the remaining person were being intensified.
Last Tuesday, at least five people were confirmed dead in a boat accident at Martaba village of Gwaram LGA of Jigawa State.
On 30th August, another another boat accident was recorded at Miga LGA which claimed two lives.