At least six girls have been killed in a canoe accident in Suru Local Government Area of Kebbi State.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the incident was confirmed by Umaru Maigandi, Chairman of the LGA.
Maigandi said the incident occurred when the canoe capsized while ferrying the victims across Tindifai River on Monday.
He said the canoe left the village conveying nine girls to the area they were going to harvest rice but it capsized along the way.
Maigandi said, “The village is close to Bendu in Tundifai; they were going to harvest rice in the Fadama area when the incident occurred and resulted in the death of six females.
“The deceased were between the ages of 12 and 15 years.
“Three other victims had been rescued alive by the driver of the canoe, Umar Faruk, a 13-year-old.”