*government donates N10m in aid of disaster Victims
By, MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Bodies of victims of canoe mishap numbering about twelve in Kuna village of Kirfi Local Government Area of Bauchi State have so far been recovered from the Kirfi River after days of searching.
The hamlet head of Badara village in Kirfi Local Government Area, Usman Aliyu Badara made the disclosure in an interview with reporters at his Badara residence Friday.
It could be recalled that a canoe carrying farmers and traders last Monday at Kuna village, adjacent to a river in Kirfi Local Government Area of Bauchi state capsized killing many people while others are still missing.
The caretaker chairman of Kirfi Local Government Council, Alhaji Bappah Badara had confirmed to newsmen last Monday that 36 people were drown in the incident.
The chairman, whose relative, Bello Dahiru was among the victims, described the incident as ‘devastating and painful’, saying it was an act of God.
Badara explained that the canoe was conveying people from different villages across the river when it capsized before getting to their destinations.
According to him, the water level had risen because of as down pour that Monday morning and the driver of the canoe had taken people across the river when, ‘God brought this disaster on them’.
Badara said, “The report we got since we were not there was that while the driver of the canoe was paddling it, his paddle broke at a point that they were atmost their destination”.
“Immediately that happened and before he could pick his second paddle, the people were frightened as they started shouting. One of the passengers jumped and wanted to fall into the river, may be to swim, but he stopped on the side of the canoe and that was how it started swerving to his side, to the other side and water began to enter into the canoe, and before they knew what was happening, it sank”.
He further narrated, “The news of the incident was devastating and shocking, we have confirmation that 31 people were in the canoe, and we also have confirmation that 14 people died in this unfortunate incident”.
“We have recovered 12 copses of the victims while we are still searching for two others, including that of my relative, and the second person is one Alhaji Sani Kesu, resident of a nearby village”.
Badara submitted, “We really feel sad and devastated about this incident because such has never happened before in this area, but as Muslims, we accept it as the will of God”.
Meanwhile, Governor Bala Mohammed has donated N10 million in aid to the families of victims of the canoe mishap of about 30 people who were feared drowned in Kirfi river of the Local Government Area.
Governor Bala Mohammed announced the donation during a sympathy visit to the area to commiserate with families of the victims, expressing shock over the incident, but was delighted that already 15 of the number said to have been drowned were rescued.
The governor constituted a committee of commissioners of Works and Transport, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Abdulkadir Ibrahim and Alhaji Abdulrazak Nuhu Zaki, and the Caretaker Chairman of Kifri Local Government Council, Alhaji Bappah Abdu Badara to ensure judicious distribution of the donation