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8 dead and 7 others missing as passenger canoe capsizes in Adamawa

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Eight people had been confirmed dead and seven others still missing after a passenger canoe capsized in Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa state.

The boat carrying 23 passengers had capsized in Njuwa Lake at Rugange, a village in the Yola South LGA, early on Friday.

It was said that eight people had been rescued and eight bodies found, leaving seven other people yet to be accounted for.

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The Executive Secretary of Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, ADSEMA, Mohamed Suleiman, gave the update when he accompanied the state Deputy Governor, Prof Kaletapwa Farauta, on a sympathy visit to families of the affected people.

The ADSEMA boss assured that rescue efforts were on to determine the fate of the passengers that were yet to be tracked.


At the scene of the canoe accident, the deputy governor said a directive had been given for provision of life jackets for canoe users, to check casualty in case of future accidents.

She advised residents of riverine communities, other canoe users, and operators of canoes to monitor weather conditions, including likelihood of rain and storm before embarking on any journey.

In a related development, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has reacted to the deadly earthquake, severely felt in Rabat, Casablanca and several areas south of Marrakesh in Morocco.

The 6.8 earthquake, which started about 14 hours ago, has led to the death of at least 820 people, with about 672 people injured.

Reacting to the development, President Bola Tinubu has extended his heartfelt condolences to King Mohammed VI of Morocco.

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The President said he commiserates with all families who lost loved ones and all those otherwise affected by this tragedy while wishing a full and swift recovery to those injured.

President Tinubu assures the government and people of Morocco that the heartfelt prayers and thoughts of Nigerians are with them during this difficult moment of tragedy.

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