Seven people have been confirmed dead in a boat accident in Zhigiri village, Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
A man, identified as Mallam Mu’azu Babangida, his two wives and son were involved in the fatal accident.
Barrister Salis Mohamed Sabo, the spokesperson for Coalition of Shiroro Association who confirmed the news on Facebook revealed that the incident occurred when the travelers were on their way to a neighboring village, Dnaweto for a naming ceremony.
Naija News reports that the incident occurred on Sunday, December 26.
He said: “Prior to the construction of Zungeru Dam, traveling between these two villages was by land and need not water transportation, as the terrain was majorly dry and motorable. This is one of the social upheaval occasioned by the construction of the dam.
“Among the victims who lost their lives, was a man, two of his wives and his young son. That family was wiped off! At the time of this report, one corpse is yet to be recovered from the water.
“We therefore, call on HYPPADEC to as matter of urgency, respond to this devastating incident and provide safety measures (such as life jackets among others) to help our people adapt to their new way of life and to also prevent the future occurrence of this ugly incident as done by the commission to the Warra Community of Kebbi State in the recent boat mishap that occurred.”