Twenty-three people have lost their lives after a commercial boat they were travelling in, capsized in the middle of a river in Yauri Local Government Area of Kebbi State on Monday night.
The boat which took off from Kasabo Village to Yauri market when the accident happened, was carrying 30 persons.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the press secretary to Kebbi State Governor, Ahmed Idris.
The statement said all passengers on board the ill-fated boat drowned while 23 people were feared dead, only seven of them were rescued by Village divers and government officials.
The State Government has condoled with members of the immediate families of the victims, the Yauri Emirate Council, and the Yauri Local Government Area over the sad tragedy.
The State Governor, Dr. Nasir Idris appealed to the affected families to accept the the incident as the will of God as he prayed to Almighty Allah to grant the deceased persons Jannatul Firdaus.
He also prayed for the quick recovery of those who sustained injuries in the mishap.