At least eight people were killed after a boat, carrying passengers from Nigeria’s northern state of Taraba, capsized in the neighboring state of Benue, local officials said Monday.
The incident took place on Sunday evening when the boat, mainly transporting traders to a market in Benue, suddenly capsized, Isa Mohammed, a local official in Taraba state, told Xinhua by phone.
He added that the exact number of injured victims remains unclear.
Governor Agbu Kefas of Taraba state released a statement mourning the victims, and ordered an immediate investigation and called for a probe into past boat accidents in the state, noting that Taraba had witnessed a serious mishap barely two weeks ago.
Boat accidents are frequently reported in the West African country, often attributed to factors such as overloading, adverse weather conditions, and operational errors.
In September, Nigerian President Bola Tinubu ordered a “thorough and comprehensive” investigation into the recurring tragedy of fatal boat incidents across the country.