28 people die in Niger boat accident

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Twenty-eight persons have lost their lives in a boat accident in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

In a statement on Sunday, Ahmed Inga, Director-General of the State Emergency Management Agency, said 100 occupants of the boat were coming from Tija Village in Munya, another council area in the state.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Inga said the incident happened on May 8 at about 6:00pm, adding that the boat hit a stump of a tree 50 metres to its destination.

He said 65 people survived, 28 corpses recovered by local divers while seven people are still missing.

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Inga added that a search-and-rescue operation is ongoing to recover the missing persons.