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18 dead as canoe capsizes in Bauchi

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No fewer than 18 people were killed when a canoe carrying 23 farmers capsized in Bauchi State .
Although five people were rescued alive , the driver and one passenger were unconscious.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command , Ahmed Wakil , made this known in a statement made available to journalists on Friday in Bauchi .
According to him , the deceased included eight children , eight teenagers , and two adults .
He said the incident occurred on River Buji in Itas Gadau Local Government Area of Bauchi State .
He said , “ On Thursday , 12 th November , 2020 , at 11 am , one Ali Adamu , Village Head of Majiya came to Itas – Gadau Police Station and reported that on the same date at about 10 . 30 am , one Nuhu Kaila , Male of Zango Majiya village, carried about 23 persons in a Canoe, from Zango Majiya to the farm.
“ On reaching the middle of river Buji, the canoe capsized and as a result , the following persons : Abdulraham Shehu, Male ( 20 ) , Suwaiba Yusuf , female ( 12 ) old , Saude Abdulkarim , female ( 14 ) , Fatima Maigari , female ( 10 ) , Zuwaira Maigari , female ( 10 ) , Hari Maigari , female ( 9 ) , Hussaina Maigari , female ( 8 ) , Ummani Abdulkarim , female ( 15 ) , Halima Saminu , female ( 15 ) , of Gidan Ganji village .
“ Others are Najaatu Hamza , ( 15 ) , Nura Abdullahi , Male ( 25 ) , Yahuza Abdullahi , ( 12 ) , Hafsa Abdullahi , female ( 11 ) of Majiya village, Sadiya Hashimu , ( 10 ) , Khadija Alhassan , ( 15 ) , of Gwarai village, Amina Idris , ( 15 ) Kaltime Hudu, female ( 14 ) , Furaira Malam Magaji, female ( 14 ) , of Zangon Majiya village were drowned in the river and died at the spot . ”
Wakil , a Deputy Superintendent of Police added , “ The canoe driver and one Aisha Adamu , female ( 16 ) , Umaru Adamu , Male ( 30 ) were rescued unconscious . ”
He said upon receipt of the report , the DPO and a team of policemen rushed to the scene .
“ The corpses were removed from the river and taken to the General Hospital Itas , for postmortem examination .
“ A medical doctor certified 18 persons dead , while 5 persons were rescued , ” he stated.

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