Five students from a private secondary school, Victory Schools Kaduna, have drowned in River Kaduna after their boat capsized.

The dead students with about 68 other students were on an excursion to the river on Wednesday.

Many students escaped with minor injuries while some are still missing.

River Kaduna is the boundary that separates Hausa-Fulani in the north and Southern Kaduna ethnic groups in the south.

The affected victims are SSS 2 students: four males and one female namely; Priscilla Romania (female), Goodness Aromilade, Monday Umahi, Joseph Benedict and David Ukegbu, all said to be between the ages of 14 and 16.

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At the scene of the incident, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Kakuri Division, CSP Benshak W. Dakyer who came with his men, explained that he was not in position to speak on the matter, saying he was yet to brief the State Police Command Headquarters.

He explained that the school officially wrote to the management of the facility that they were coming for an excursion and it was approved.

“We learnt that they did a follow up on Tuesday, a day before the unfortunate incident and it was confirmed that they could come,” he added.

He explained that other formations along the flow of the river have been alerted to watch out for the missing children, pointing out that initially 10 students were drowned but five were rescued, treated and discharged from hospital.

According to one of the victims, who was rescued after the boat capsized, the guide never told them the crane which controls the boat was not able to support heavy weight.

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