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Fourteen women of the same family have died in two separate boat mishaps in the Munya LGA of Niger state. Eleven of the women died while travelling from Dangunu village to Sarkinpawa, while the remaining three lost their lives in the boat journey from Guni village to Sarkinpawa.
It was learnt that the disaster occurred when the women were returning from the farm Monday evening when the boats in which they were travelling ran into stormy weather and capsized.
According to eyewitnesses two men who were in one of the boats were the only survivors as they could not rescue any of the women they were travelling with. Some of the dead women were identified as Munau, Wara, Fiddausi, Zainab, Najaatu, Ikilima, Fatima, Ladidi, Balaraba and Hafsat.
The Police in Niger state has confirmed the incident describing it as unfortunate and sad. Police Public Relations ASP Bala Elikana who spoke to newsmen said that the Marine police unit of the force in the area has been directed to furnish the office with details of the disaster.
The Marine Police according to Elikana has also been directed to educate boat owners and operators on the need to adhere to safety rules while sailing.