It was an awry sight to behold after the residents of Gamafoi Kafin an Hausa Local government area of Jigawa a state in the Northern part of Nigeria woke up to the tragic death of seven teenage girls who were killed when their boat with 10 occupants capsized.
The reports coming from a reliable source revealed that the children between the ages of 10 and 12 had left their village Gafasa for Gasanya a neighbouring village in Auo local government area for a religious gathering.
Speaking on the matter, Malam Adamu Haruna Gamafoi a village head, said the boat capsized at around 3:30 pm on Thursday.
“A boat capsized with girls numbering about ten. Three (3) were rescued while seven (7) others were reported dead,” said Gamafoi.
The girls were said to have driven the boat parked at River Gasanya themselves in the absence of a craftsman.
He said all the victims were taken to Kafin Hausa General Hospital where seven of them were confirmed dead by a medical doctor.
The spokesperson of the Jigawa State Police Command, ASP Lawan Shiisu Adam, confirmed the incident to the Nigerian Tribune.
The victims were buried on Friday morning.