Before they start blaming the gods for their predicaments, Jigawa people need to check themselves.

Having 11 people drown in various rivers in the state within one month is indeed outrageous but according to the police, there is nothing mysterious about it.

With the rains falling heavily these days, the rivers are fuller and the waves are expected to be stronger but residents of many villages are approaching the rivers same way they did when they were calmer.

The spokesperson for the Jigawa state Police command, SP Abdu Jinjiri, on Tuesday described the number of people drowned within such period as “outrageous”.

“No fewer than eleven of such incidents were recorded in some parts of the state.

“The Jigawa police command has expressed serious concern over the spate of drowning in the state, as no fewer than eleven of such ugly incidents were recorded in places such as Ringim, Guri, Kiyawa, Dutse, involving children and adults alike within the last one month.

“It is the sincere advice of this command that people who are not conversant with swimming should desist from bathing or fishing in any pond or river,” Jinjiri said.

He also urged parents and guardians to monitor their children or wards sent on errands so as to reduce the disturbing incidents of drowning to the barest minimum.