The accident occurred when the boat on transit hit a branch of tree in the water and capsized.

The boat was returning from Malali Market in Ngaski Local Government Area of Kebbi state.

The Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in-charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States, Sulaiman Muhammad, confirmed this in Ngaski on Saturday.

He said efforts are on going between fishermen and the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) to rescue the missing passengers.

“As soon as we had got the hint of the mishap, we put a call to the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority to help rescue the missing passengers.

“All the people on board were missing, but as rescue and search continue wide and deep of the river intensified, 14 people have been discovered; seven died and seven have been taken to Ngaski Hospital,” he said.

Ngaski Local Government Area is two hours journey from the river where the incident happened.