More than 100 people have been reported missing since an overloaded boat carrying 160 passengers sank in northwest Nigeria on the Niger River, local authorities said. Only 22 survivors were recovered.
The boat had left the locality of Lokon Minaa, in the state of Niger (Central) and was heading for the town of Wara, in the state of Kebbi, when its hull broke and it was wrecked.
“We are talking about 140 passengers still missing,” added the official, stressing that the boat should not have carried more than 80 people.
The ship was also carrying a cargo of sandbags extracted from a nearby artisanal gold mine, he detailed. During the rainy season, capsized boats are common on Nigeria’s rivers and streams, where ships are often overloaded and poorly maintained.