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Published: 10:12, June 14, 2023 | Updated: 10:18, June 14, 2023
At least 103 people killed in central Nigeria boat mishap
By Xinhua
Published:10:12, June 14, 2023 Updated:10:18, June 14, 2023 By Xinhua

ABUJA - At least 103 people were killed and about 100 others were rescued after a boat capsized on Monday in the country's central state of Kwara, police said on Tuesday.

The accident occurred on Monday morning in a river in the Patigi local government area of the state, as the passengers were returning home from the neighboring Niger state in the central region, Ajayi Okasanmi, the spokesman for the police in Kwara, told Xinhua on the phone.

I can confirm to you that well over 200 people were involved in the sad incident.

Ajayi Okasanmi, Spokesman for the police in Kwara

Okasanmi said some others remained missing, confirming that rescue operation was going on in the Kpada community of Patigi local government area.

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"I can confirm to you that well over 200 people were involved in the sad incident. We will continue to collaborate with rescuers and other agencies of government to rescue the remaining victims and recover other bodies," the police officer said.

In an earlier statement, Kwara state governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq said the victims of the incident were returning from a wedding in the neighboring Niger state when the incident occurred.

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Boat accidents in the West African country are frequently reported due to overloading, bad weather, and faulty operations.

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