The National Emergency Management Agency said at least 17 people drowned when a boat ferrying around 60 passengers capsized in Niger State on Wednesday.
According to report, the boat smashed into a tree trunk in the rain-swollen River Niger on Tuesday.
According to NEMA Coordinator, Suleiman Karin “So far 17 bodies have been removed from the water, 12 yesterday and another five this morning.
“Another 17 passengers were rescued by emergency workers and local divers, Karim said.
“We are still searching for at least 26 people because the 60-passenger boat was full at the time of the accident”, he said.
Mr. Karim, further explained that the number on board may have been higher as ferries in the riverine region are usually overloaded.
“The boat had left Jilbabo village in Kebbi State and was heading to Tetebo village in neighbouring Niger State when the accident happened.”
The boat was ferrying local traders from neighbouring Niger Republic to a market in Nigeria.