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Five dead, four rescued in Jigawa canoe mishap

No fewer than five persons have been reportedly dead in a canoe mishap that occurred in Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa state, the State Police Command confirmed the incident.

The command’s spokesperson, DSP Lawan Shiisu, in Dutse on Monday, said that the incident occurred on Friday at about 7 p.m., when a locally made canoe conveying nine passengers capsized in a river in the area.

He said, “The incident happened at Martaba village Gwaram LGA of Jigawa State, while the passengers were returning home after attending Juma’at prayer.

“On receipt of the report, a team of policemen rushed to the scene where four of the passengers; one Barkeji aged 60 and three others, all of Martaba village were rescued alive.

“And with the aid of local divers, five bodies were recovered, they are; Lukateru, 60, Musa, 50, Sale, 50, Alhaji Shuaibu, 60 and Dogo, 50, all of Darazau herdsmen settlement camp in Bauchi State.”

He, however, stated that the remains of the deceased have been released to their relatives for burial.

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