Nigeria: Seven children drown as boat capsizes

Girls were aged between 10 and 12


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Representational image - AFP
Representational image - AFP

Published: Sat 20 Nov 2021, 3:43 PM

Seven girls drowned after a boat they were rowing across a river in northern Nigeria’s Jigawa state capsized, police said on Friday.

Ten girls, aged between 10 and 12, were heading home late at night after a religious ceremony marking the birth of Mohammed, Lawan Shiisu, police spokesman in Jigawa said in a statement.

“Three of them were rescued while seven others... reportedly died,” Shiisu said.

The girls, who were anxious to get home at 12:15am decided to row a boat they found at the bank of the river on their own without a skipper, Shiisu said.

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