Death toll rises to 42 in Kano boat accident 


Segun Oladipupo

Death toll in the recent boat accident in Bagwai in Kano hits 42 from the initial 29 as 13 more bodies were recovered on Monday.

It was reported that the boat with 49 passengers mostly pupils onboard, capsized while conveying them from Badau village to Bagwai.

The pupils of Madinatu Islamiyya School were heading to Bagwai to participate in Maulud celebration when the accident happened.

Twenty-nine bodies were earlier recovered while seven persons were rescued alive.

Meanwhile, the Kano State government has constituted a committee to investigate the accident.

It has also provided two buses to support the movement of passengers between Badau village and Bagwai. The state government also distributed relief materials to the families of the victims.

Items distributed included bags of rice, maize, corn, sugar and salt as well as N6 million cash.

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