The Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, Ahmed Wakil, has said at least 18 people was killed when a canoe carrying 23 farmers capsized.
Out of the five people that were rescued, the driver and one other passenger were said to be unconscious.
In the statement by Wakil, he said the incident which occurred on Thursday on River Buji in the Itas Gadau Local Government Area of Bauchi State has eight children, eight teenagers and two adults dead.
He said, “On November 12, 2020, around 11am, one Ali Adamu, village head of Majiya, came to Itas-Gadau Police Station and reported that on the same date, around 10.30am, one Nuhu Kaila of Zango Majiya village carried about 23 persons in a canoe, from Zango Majiya to the farm.
“On reaching the middle of River Buji, the canoe capsized and as a result, the following persons drowned in the river: Abdulraham Shehu (20), Suwaiba Yusuf (12), Saude Abdulkarim (14), Fatima Maigari (10), Zuwaira Maigari (10), Hari Maigari (nine), Hussaina Maigari (eight), Ummani Abdulkarim (15) and Halima Saminu (15), of Gidan Ganji village.
“Others are Najaatu Hamza (15), Nura Abdullahi (25), Yahuza Abdullahi (12), Hafsa Abdullahi of Majiya village (11), Sadiya Hashimu (10), Khadija Alhassan of Gwarai village (15), Amina Idris (15), Kaltime Hudu (14), Furaira Malam Magaji of Zangon Majiya village (14) .”
“The corpses were removed from the river and taken to the General Hospital, Itas for postmortem examination. A medical doctor certified 18 persons dead, while five persons were rescued,” he added.