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5 die as boat capsizes in River Niger



Five persons died in Anambra area of River Niger on Sunday when the boat in which they were travelling capsized.

Police spokesman in Anambra, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the boat mishap.

He told newsmen that police operatives were able to rescue 30 passengers from the accident scene.

“We were able to rescue more than 30 of the passengers alive and recovered the five lifeless bodies in the depth of the river and the capsized boat.

“Preliminary information revealed that the boat was travelling from Kogi and was conveying goods and passengers before the unfortunate incident.

“The cause of the mishap is yet to be ascertained as investigation is on-going,’’ Ikenga said.

Monday Ajogun

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