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Five Die, 3 Drown in Jigawa Boat Mishap

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Muhammad Garba

As Jigawa continue to mourn the death of over 60 people who died as a result of flood and windstorm, another tragedy stroke the state following the report of a boat that capsized claiming five lives in Gwaram local government and three other young girls who lost their lives after drowning into a pond in Kaugama local government of the state.

Confirming the incident, the Spokesperson, Jigawa State Police Command, DSP Lawal Shisu Adam said the incident happened when a locally made canoe conveying 9 passengers capsized at Martaba village Gwaram LGA.  

He explained that five people were confirmed dead while others were rescued alive.

“With the support from local canoe divers, 5 corpses were recovered. They are; Lukateru 60yrs, Musa 50yrs, Sale 50yrs, Alh Shuaibu 60yrs, and Dogo 50yrs all of Darazau  Herdsmen settlement camp in  Bauchi State.

In another unfortunate accident, 3 young girls namely; Maryam Salisu, Bahayura Lawan, and Lawisa Sule were drowned at a pond in Faskarau, Ja’e Ward of Kaugama LGA.

Confirming the incident, the Spokesperson of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence  Corps (NSCDC) Jigawa State Command, CSC Adamu Shehu said the tragedy occurred on Monday at about 1100hrs when the three girls went to a nearby pond about three hundred meters away from the village to wash their clothes.

He explained that the NSCDC Divisional Officer, Kaugama LGA in collaboration with community members has recovered the corpses of the deceases.

CSC Adamu added that the preliminary Investigation revealed that the girls after washing their clothes, decided to take a bath at the pond which eventually led to their death.

“It was also gathered that about twenty years ago, a similar incident occurred with three girls losing their lives to the pond.

The remains of the girls were handed over to their respective parents and already buried according to Islamic rites.

Meanwhile, the State Commandant, NSCDC, Musa Alhaji Mala commiserated with the families of the deceased and enjoined parents to look after their wards, especially at this moment when ponds and rivers are flooded.

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