One Dead, Three Missing as Boat Capsizes in Mambilla Plateau


Tragedy struck yesterday in Taraba State as a local boat ferrying people across River Donga in Sarduna Local Government Area of the state capsised, killing one person and leaving three others missing.

The boat, which was travelling on one of the international routes linking Nigeria and the Republic of Cameroun, capsised in the early hours yesterday with nine persons on board. Among the people on board the boat was the driver of the Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly who was on his way along with others to meet the Speaker,  Hon Abel Peter Diah at his country home in Vacude, on the Mambilla Plateau. Five of the occupants of the boat were rescued immediately by divers as well as a corpse while rescuers are still searching for the other three missing persons among whom is a driver to the Speaker.

Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Public Affairs, Dahiru Baba who confirmed the incident to newsmen said  the travelled to his home town to attend the wedding of the son of the Special Adviser to the governor on political affairs, Alhaji Abubarkar Bawa.

Some of the victims, according to the special assistant were on their way to the speakers village to pay homage on the speaker when the incident occurred.