A seven-month-old baby and four women drowned in a canoe accident in Guri Local Government Area of Jigawa state, on Tuesday, September 6.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Lawan Shiisu, confirmed the incident in a statement released on Wednesday, September 7. According to Shiisu, it happened at about 6pm.
“On Tuesday, at about 6pm., information at our disposal revealed that on the same date at about 4:30pm, four women and a child boarded a canoe from Nguru Yobe State to Adiyani village in Guri LGA of Jigawa State.
Unfortunately, the canoe capsized close to their destination. The driver managed to escape alive, while the passengers drowned,” Shiisu said
Shiisu added that local divers in the area immediately swung into action to rescue the passengers, adding that they have recovered the corpses.
He gave the names of the deceased as Oneyaniwura Kasagama, 50; Lafiya Bulama, 40; Badejaka Kasagama, 40; Gimto Kasagama, 40 and Mai Madu Bulama, the seven-month old baby.
He stated that the corpses were taken to Adiyani health facility and were certified dead by a medical doctor.