Nine young girls lost their lives when they were about to cross River Galma Valley around Tudun Iya in Wucicciri Ward of Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State on a canoe.
Survivors from the tragedy, Fatima Idris and Fa’iza Abdullahi said the incident happened on Friday the 5th of July 2019 at about 12.00 noon when they were returning from Hayin Sarkin Fito shortly after a heavy rain fall.
“We boarded a canoe 16 of us, when it was about to reach the shore, it started sinking down we that could swim alongside the Canoe driver swam out while the remaining 9 the were drowned by the water.
Speaking on the incident the Village head of Tudun Iya, Alhaji Muhammadu Musa said it is a very big tragedy ever happened in the community as six of the deceased were about getting married.
Alh. Muhammadu Musa said on that fateful day, they recovered five bodies, while on the following day, three bodies were recovered at Kaku village while the last body was recovered at Garu Rubuchi 5km away from the scene of the incident, adding that they have been buried according to the Islamic rite.
The village head advised people using canoe to always put safety first and avoid overloading passengers far money sake.
River Galma is linked to River Kaduna enroute to River Gilmore in Kubau Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
In his condolence visit, member representing Zaria City Constituency, Hon Suleiman Wakili donated two brand new canoes to the community to ease their transportation difficulties.