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Sultan saddened by death of 29 teenagers in Sokoto boat mishap

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The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, says the death of 29 teenagers in a boat mishap at Gidan-Magana village, Shagari Local Government Area of Sokoto State, as tragic.

Mr Abubakar III expressed his feelings on Friday during a condolence visit to the bereaved families, people and government of Sokoto state on the tragedy that occurred on Wednesday.

The Sultan, who was represented by the Sarkin Kabin Yabo, Muhammadu Maiturare, however described the incident as an inevitable act of Almighty Allah.

“All of us mortals must die, must at one time or the other die, and we pray to the Almighty Allah to grant them Aljannat Firdaus.

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“We are also fervently praying for Him to grant the families, people and government of Sokoto state the formidable fortitude to bear the irreplaceable losses.”

The Sultan is currently in Saudi Arabia performing Umrah (lesser Hajj/pilgrimage).

Meanwhile, Abubakar Umar (APC-Sokoto) on Friday also condoled with the people of the village over the death of the teenagers.

Mr Umar expressed shock over the tragic death of the teenage firewood hawkers.

Mr Umar beseeched the Almighty Allah to grant them eternal rest as well as give their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable losses.

He donated N300,000 to the bereaved families, N100,000 to the residents and two hundred bags of cement for the rehabilitation of the village cemetery.

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Recall that the deceased lost their lives on Wednesday when the boat they were traveling in on Shagari river in search of firewood capsized.

Out of the figure, 23 were females, six males, while six victims were rescued alive.


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