No fewer than 40 people mostly women and children were reported to have lost their lives in Badau village, Bagwai local government area of Kano state following a boat mishap.
Eye witness who confirmed the incident said the incident occurred today (Tuesday) around 6pm.
He explained that the boat capsized in the middle of the river while conveying passengers to Bagwai town from Badau village.
“The passengers were travelling to the Bagwai town to attend the annual Mulud festival. The boat capsized due to overload, killing over 40 passengers mostly women and children. Scores of others sustained various degrees of injuries. Very few passengers survived the incident,” the eye witness said.
It was gathered that the victims of the unfortunate incident died right inside the river because they could not swim to the bank of the river and they were not wearing life jacket.
Recall that in 2007 several passengers also lost their lives in similar incident in the local government.
Effort to contact the LG council chairman, Inuwa Zangina failed as he did not respond to the several phone calls from the our reporter.