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No fewer than 19 children have been reportedly drowned in a boat mishap that occured in Lafiagi, Edu Local Government Area of Kwara.

Newsmen gathered that the boat was conveying people across River Niger who were going for a traditional wedding ceremony in a community in Niger.

Report says about 22 people mostly children were on the boat before it capsized while crossing the river and two of the passengers were rescued, the 19 others drowned and died.

Speaking on the incident, Alhaji Sulyman Aliyu, the Secretary of the Lafiagi Traditional Council, said the number of the victims could not be ascertained yet, noting that there was a conflict in the number.

“Definitely they are up to 12. The figure is between 12 and that 19 that you said ” he said.

The secretary also confirmed that four corpses were recovered on Saturday and that efforts to remove others would continue on Sunday.

The Public Relations Officer of the Kwara Police Command, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi, alss confirmed the incident.

He told newsmen that the officers of the force and other security agencies had joined the local government council to recover the corpses.

He, however, said that the number of the passengers and the victims could not yet be ascertained as the recovery exercise was still ongoing.

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