Seven girls aged 10 to 12 drowned when a boat capsized in Gamafoi village, Kafin Hausa local government area, Jigawa state.
According to a report by The Nation, 10 children were traveling from Gafasa to Gasanya village in the Auyo local government area for the Maulud celebration when the incident happened.
Gamafoi village chief Haruna Gamafoi reported the incident to the police.
He said: “The incident happened around 3:30 pm when a boat capsized with around 10 girls as passengers. Three were saved while seven others died ”.
It was further concluded that they were in a hurry to reach their destination and decided to drive a parked boat themselves to the Gasanya River in the absence of the helmsman.
They were taken to Kafin Hausa General Hospital where seven were confirmed dead by a doctor.
Jigawa Police spokesman ASP Lawan Adam confirmed the tragedy, saying “subjects have come from Gafasa village via K / Hausa LGA to Gasanya village in Auyo LGA for Maulud celebration.” , police said.
“In the haste and anxiety to return home given the time of day, they deliberately decided to drive a parked boat on their own to the Gasanya River in the absence of the craftsman.
“They were all evacuated and referred to the Kafin Hausa FNA General Hospital and their death was confirmed by a doctor.