Seven girls drown after boat capsizes in north-west Nigeria

sky news africa Seven girls drown after boat capsizes in north-west Nigeria

A boat has capsized in in Nigeria’s north-west Jigawa state, killing at least seven girls, with five survivals.

It was carrying 12 people returning to the village of Gafasa from Gasanya, where they had attended an Islamic religious event.

Reports indicate the boat capsized just after departure.

One of the parents of the deceased, Mikail Jibril, told the Sky News Africa that the victims were aged between 11 and 12 years.

Gafsa village head Alhaji Adamu Abdullahi told our reporter that the victims had been buried on Friday morning.

The traditional ruler said the entire community was now in a state of mourning and shock.

It’s not yet clear what caused the boat to capsize. But such accidents are relatively common in Nigeria and are often blamed on overloading and poor boat maintenance.

In May, more than 100 people died when their boat overturned in Kebbi state, also in northern Nigeria

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