55 people have been declared missing after their boat capsized in Kebbi.

The accident is said to have happened when the boat, while in transit carrying 100 passengers, hit a branch of tree in the water and capsized.

The boat was carrying the traders to a market in Lolo at Bagudo Local Government in Kebbi state when the accident happened.

It was gathered that 47 of the traders who were reportedly in the boat when it capsized have been rescued.

The Chairman of Bagudo local government, Muhammed Zagga said majority of the traders were from Gaya in Niger Republic.

He added that they were going to the market at Lolo when their boat capsized.

He said the Niger authorities had deployed 500 divers to search for the remaining traders who were missing.

The Acting Executive Director of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Abbas Rabiu confirmed the boat mishap.

“They were mostly traders from Niger Republic.”