There was confusion in Hanya Danbushiya, Kaduna
North Local Government Area, on Tuesday
following the drowning of five children when their
canoe capsized in River Kaduna.
The children, who were all canoe peddlers, were
said to be returning to the river bank to pick other
passengers in the early hours of Tuesday.
It was gathered that residents of the village
immediately organised a search party to look for
the bodies of the children.
As of the time of filing this report, three out of the
five bodies had been recovered.
Aminu Ibrahim, leader of the search party, gave
the names of the victims as Aliyu Mohammed, 13;
Shehu Ismaila 13; Ibrahim Ladan 14; and his
brother, Musa Ladan, 15, and Mustapha Hamad,
Ibahim said, “We know that these boys were very
good canoe paddlers and are trusted by those who
use canoe as a means of transport. They left early
with full passengers and on their way coming,
from what we learnt, the canoe hit an object in the
river and then capsized.”
On his part, the Village Head of Doka in
Danbushiya, Alhaji Musa Liman, described the
incident as unfortunate.
He expressed disappointment over the response by
the state Fire Service, who failed to respond to the
villager’s distress call when contacted.
The bodies of the deceased had been buried at the
Danbushiya cemetery according to Islamic rites.