By Charly Agwam – Bauchi
At least eighteen people have been confirmed dead after a canoe carrying 23 people capsized in the Buji river, Zango Majiya village, Itas-Gadau local government area of Bauchi state.
The Police Public Relations Department (PPRO) Ahmed Wakil confirmed this sad fact in a press release on Friday in which he noted that 18 people died while five were rescued unconscious from the Buji River.
“On December 11, 2020, at approximately 11 a.m., a chief from the Ali Adamu village of Majiya arrived at the Itas-Gadau Police Station and reported that on the same date, at approximately 10.30 a.m., a Nuhu Kaila ‘m’ from Zango Majiya village was carrying around 23 people in a canoe from Zango Majiya to the farm.
He said that upon reaching the center of the Buji River, the canoe capsized, as a result, the following people: 20-year-old Abdulraham shehu ‘m’, 12-year-old Suwaiba Yusuf ‘f’, 14-year-old Saude Abdulkarim ‘F’, Fatima Maigari ‘f’ 10 years, Zuwaira Maigari ‘f’ 10 years, Hari Maigari ‘f’ 9 years, Hussaina Maigari ‘f’ 8 years, Ummani Abdulkarim ‘f’ 15 years, Halima Saminu ‘f’ 15 years, from the village of Gidan Ganji, Najaatu Hamza ‘f’ aged 15, Nura Abdullahi ‘m’ aged 25, Yahuza Abdullahi ‘f’ aged 12, Hafsa Abdullahi ‘f’ aged 11, from Majiya village, Sadiya Hashimu ‘f’ 10-year-old Khadija Alhassan ‘f’, 15, from Gwarai village, and 15-year-old Amina Idris ‘f’ died on the spot.
Also on the list of those who died are 14-year-old Kaltime Hudu ‘f’, 14-year-old Furaira Malam Magaji ‘f’ of Zangon Majiya but the canoe driver and 16-year-old Aisha Adamu ‘f’, Umaru 30-year-old Adamu ‘m’ were rescued while still unconscious. Upon receiving the report, the DPO and a team of police rushed to the scene. The bodies were taken from the river and taken to the Itas General Hospital for a post-mortem examination where a doctor certified the death of 18 people, while 5 people were rescued, ”the statement read.
Several people they spoke with said they were in shock after hearing the sad news.
Adamu Kabiru, an indigenous man from Itas who said he knew that some of the victims mourned his death while praying for the rest of their souls.
“Subhanallah, may the soul of the deceased rest in peace and may Allah comfort the family for their loss,” he prayed.