At least 22 persons have lost their lives after a boat ferrying about 60 passengers capsized on River Niger in Kebbi State.

The incident occurred after the boat smashed into a tree trunk in the rain-swollen River Niger.

The boat was said to have left Jilbabo village in Kebbi State and was heading to Tetebo village in neighbouring Niger State when the accident happened.

Confirming the sad incident to newsmen on Wednesday, NEMA coordinator, Suleiman Karim said, “So far 22 bodies have been removed from the water.

Another 17 passengers were rescued by emergency workers and local divers.

“We are still searching for at least 21 people because the 60-passenger boat was full at the time of the accident.

“The number on board may have been higher as ferries in the riverine region are usually overloaded,” Karim added.

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