By Muhammad Sabiu
Musa Labaran, a farmer from Kebbi State, has lost five of his children in a boat accident on Wednesday.
The event occurred when a boat carrying Labaran, his five children, and two other passengers to their fields across the river collapsed due to strong winds near Yauri.
According to reports, while the other two passengers were retrieved alive, Labaran’s fifth child’s remains have yet to be discovered.
“The four bodies recovered are all of my children, three boys and a girl. The fifth one is a boy, and he is yet to be found.
“The boat capsized while we were in the middle of the river. I did my best to save them but couldn’t hold on to five of them. I held on to the girl while trying to swim to the river bank but eventually lost grip of her,” Mr Labaran said.
This is not the first time lives were lost in a boat mishap in the state, as some months ago, over 50 passengers, many of whom were children, were feared dead after their boat capsized.