The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Defence and Deputy Chairman,Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko,has described the deaths of thirteen persons as a result of a boat mishap, in Doruwa village, Shagari Local Govenrment of Sokoto State,as very shocking and saddening.
In a statement Signed by Bashir Rabe Mani, Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity,
Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko and made available to journalist revealed that.
The boat conveying the deceased persons , including women, children and the elderly, was said to be traveling from Doruwa to Ginga , Shagari Local Govenrment, Thursday evening, when it was said to have capsized.
The thirteen recovered dead bodies had since buried accoridng to Islamic rites , same day.
The search for other victims , dead or alive, was said to be still in progress.
Wamakko,a former Governor of the state,who now represents Sokoto North Senatorial District,while reacting to the sad development, said he was rudely shocked on receiving the news of the unfortunate tragedy.
Wamakko lamented that, the mishap occurred barely nine days after the deaths of over one hundred persons in a similar tragedy in Warrah,Warrah Local Govenrment of Kebbi State .
He prayed the Almighty Allah to grant the deceased persons Aljannat Firdaus, as well as give the bereaved families , people and Governments of Shagari Local and Sokoto State , the formidable fortitude to bear the irreparable losses .
Wamakko also prayed the Almighty Allah to prevent the recuurrence of such tragedies in the area,Sokoto State and other parts of the country.