15 teenagers, who were mostly girls between the ages of 8 and 14, on Tuesday lost their lives in Kano, following a boat mishap at Jobawa village, Garin Mallam Local Government Area, Kano State. The girls were said to be on a trading mission.
The victims were said to have boarded the boat to cross the river from Lanjan to the Jobawa village to supply cassava for sale at Garin Mallam town.
“They normally come here to supply cassava for sale around Garin Mallam town. They don’t normally stay up to evening time, but because God Has destined the incident will happen, they were here until Magrib (evening prayer),” said Utubatu Yaro, a community leader at Jobawa village.
According to him, “there was a violent rainstorm on their departure, and I suspect it was the excessive rain that fell into the boat as well as the storm that overturned the boat.”
He however said the bodies of nine of them have been found, while search continued for the remaining bodies.
Acting Police Public Relation officer in Kano State, DSP Mustapha Abubakar confirmed the mishap. According to him, 15 girls were involved in the boat mishap, but five have been rescued while ten are still missing.