A boat carrying over 30 persons capsized in Rabah Local Government Area of Sokoto State, leaving at least 21 persons dead. 

Rescuers recovered the dead bodies after the boat capsized on Thursday.

The Director-General of the Sokoto State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Ibrahim Dingyadi, who confirmed the incident, said that 12 people were also rescued.

Dingyadi said that the victims were Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from a camp in the state.

According to him, the boat mishap is as a result of overloading.

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He said that 33 people boarded the boat from the IDP camp at Gandi community going to a village known as Gidan Kare in the Rabah Local Government Area of the state.

The SEMA chief said that no sooner had council officials reported the incident, than the agency set out to rescue the victims.

He explained that the victims were mainly women and children, and that the dead people among them had been buried.

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The director-general warned boat operators in the state to desist from over-loading their boats to prevent unnecessary deaths.

Dingyagi assured that the agency had put measures in place to prevent such incidents in future. 

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