No fewer than 30 persons have been declared missing and 10 bodies recovered after a passenger boat capsized on Wednesday while crossing the Nupeko River in Bida emirate of Niger state.
Blueprint learnt that a woman lost two of her children in the mishap but was among the three survivors that were rescued.
It was learnt that the accident happened at night, making rescue operation difficult for divers.
Seven bodies were reported to have been recovered on Wednesday night while three others were picked yesterday morning.
One of the dead, identified as Abdullahi, a civil servant with the Niger state government, was said to be on official assignment.
Blueprint learnt that Abdullahi left behind a child and a pregnant wife and that his corpse was taken to Kontagora for burial.
An elder of Abdullahi’s family and the Dangaladiman Kontagora, Alhaji Abubakar Dogo confirmed to Blueprint the death of their son in the incident.
He described the death of their son as a great loss to the family, adding that the entire people of Kontagora kingdom were at pains in mourning Abdullahi’s departure
Although the immediate cause of the mishap is not yet known, it was learnt that the commercial boat came on board the river after the ferry boat owned by the Niger State Transport Authority (NSTA) packed up some weeks back.
The victims, consisting of traders, farmers and visitors travelling to Gbara village in Mokwa local government area of the state, did not put on safety jackets when the accident occurred.