Over 100 on wedding boat drowned



More than 100 people have drowned and more are missing after a boat carrying them down the River Niger in south-western Nigeria capsized, authorities say.

The vessel was carrying more than 300 passengers travelling from Kwara state to Niger state after a wedding ceremony.

Search and rescue efforts are ongoing to find more victims, officials said.

The boat capsized after it crashed into a tree, a traditional local ruler said.

“Dozens of people were feared killed and many others [are] still missing”, a statement from the Kwara state Governor Abdul Rahman Abdul Razaq said on Tuesday.

The Emir of Patigi, Ibrahim Umar Bologi II – the traditional ruler of the area where it happened – said more than 150 people had died.

(BBC News)


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