*As boat mishap kills 24 persons, several others missing in Niger state

*Boat reportedly capsized in Mokwa LGA of the state on Sunday morning

*Local Govt., chairman, Hon. Jibrim Muregi confirms 21 dead bodies have been recovered

*Search, rescue operation on going, says State Police Public Relations Officer

By our reporter with Agency report

Tragedy struck in Niger State on Sunday after a boat capsized in the Mokwa area of the state.

The exact number of people onboard the boat and the cause of the accident is yet to be confirmed as at the time of filing this report.

Confirming the incident, the Chairman of Mokwa Local Government Area, Hon. Jibrim Muregi, said rescue efforts are ongoing.

He confirmed that 21 dead bodies were recovered, adding that three community members of Gbajibo, Ekwa and Yankeiade were also affected.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Wasiu Abiodun confirmed the mishap.

He however said available information at the police disposal suggests that 13 people lost their lives.

“Information received from Gbajibo area of Mokwa indicated that a wooden boat conveying some passengers on board from Gbajibo water side heading to Tungan-Mango for farming activities capsized,” the police spokesman said.

“On receiving the report, DPO Mokwa Division mobilised police teams including marine police to the scene, in collaboration with local divers and so far 13 persons confirmed dead as search and rescue operation is ongoing. Further development will be made public”, he said.

The latest incident comes three months after a boat carrying families returning from a wedding sank in a river, killing over 100 people on board.