6 girls die in Kebbi canoe mishap

SIX girls have been killed in a canoe mishap in Suru Local Government Area of Kebbi State, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reported.

The chairman of the council area, Alhaji Umaru Maigandi, confirmed the incident to NAN in a telephone interview on Tuesday.

Maigandi said the incident occurred when the canoe capsized while ferrying the victims across Tindifai River on Monday.

According to him, the canoe left Tindifai village conveying nine girls to a Fadama area, where they were going to harvest rice but it capsized along the way.

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“The village is close to Bendu in Tundifai; they were going to harvest rice in the Fadama area when the incident occurred and led to the drowning of six girls.

“The deceased were between the ages of 12 years and 15 years.

“The three other victims had been rescued alive by the driver of the canoe, Umar Faruk, a 13-year-old.

“The deceased had been buried according to the Islamic rites and we have condoled the families while sympathising with those who survived the mishap,” the council boss said.

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