Eight people have been confirmed dead after a canoe capsized in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Kebbi, said an official on Tuesday.
The incident in the Jega local government area of the state occurred on Monday, said Sani Dododo, head of the Kebbi State Emergency Management Agency.
Dododo told the media that only two women were rescued among the passengers. Ten people, including the operator, were aboard the canoe at the time of the incident.
However, only four bodies had been recovered so far, he said, adding a search had been launched for the recovery of the other four bodies.
The canoe, operated by a middle-aged man, suddenly capsized as they neared a bank of the stream on their return journey from a naming ceremony, according to Dododo.
“Normally, if there is this kind of capsizing, you can not find the bodies in the same place a day after, but such bodies may be recovered far away from the scene of the accident,” the official said.
In line with this, professional traditional fishermen have been mobilized to search for the remaining bodies, he added. Local police said they have launched an investigation into the canoe mishap.