Niger Boat Mishap: 12 Bodies Recovered, Buried


By Laleye Dipo in Minna

Twelve bodies of the victims of last Sunday’s boat mishap have been recovered from the River Kaduna in Munya Local Government Area of Niger State.

While 10 of the victims were women, the other two were a male adult and an eight-year-old boy.

The 12th body was yet to be identified as at press time.

It was gathered yesterday night that the bodies were recovered by the combined efforts of men of the marine police at Shiroro dam and some local divers in the areas.

The bodies were buried at the river bank in Kuduru, according to tradition and culture in the area.

Nine of the victims believed to be Christians were  buried separately near each other while the three Muslims were also buried separately.

The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, was represented at the burial by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Mikhail Emitosahi, who described the incident as unfortunate and urged the people to see it as an act of God.