Kebbi Capsized Boat: Wamakko Commiserates With Victims’ Families

Kebbi Capsized Boat: Wamakko Commiserates With Victims’ Families

By Ibrahim Goronyo, Sokoto


The Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence and Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, has expressed shock over the capsizing of a boat in Wara, Ngaski Local Government of Kebbi State, resulting in the feared death of no fewer than 100 persons.

The ill-fated boat was said to have capsized on Wednesday, on River Niger, while it was believed to have carried no fewer than 165 passengers, including women, children and the elderly.

The victims were said to have been travelling to a market when the unfortunate incident occurred.

Efforts were reported to be on by divers to recover all the drowned passengers, with only 22 of the victims already rescued and taken to hospitals for treatment, while five dead bodies were also recovered.

Reacting to the sad development, Wamakko, who represents Sokoto North Senatorial District, described it as very unfortunate, saddening and shocking.

He prayed for the safe recovery of the yet to be found victims, as well as the speedy recovery of those already salvaged.

Wamakko also prayed the Almighty Allah to grant the souls of the deceased Aljannat Firdaus, and give their various families, people and Government of Kebbi State, the formidable fortitude to bear the irreparable losses.

He also promised that the National Assembly would soon do the needful, by making Nigerian waters safer for travels and all maritime activities.

He bemoaned the recurrence of such obnoxious and fatal incidents in Sokoto, Kebbi and Niger States, as well as other parts of the country, usually resulting in heavy casualties.


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