Yobe State Governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has expressed sorrow at the sad news of boat mishaps in the Jumbam community of the Tarmuwa Local Government Area.
Two boats loaded with passengers going to Babbangida weekly market capsized on Saturday, with only two bodies recovered so far.
Gov. Buni, who made his feelings known in a statement through his spokesperson, Mamman Mohammed, on Saturday also directed an intensive search mission with the hope to rescue the remaining victims or their bodies.
The governor described the accident as sad, unfortunate, and devastating, and prayed for the safe rescue of the victims while advising travellers on the roads, streams, and rivers as well as, residents along water banks to always be cautious.
“The heavy rains and floods usually come from far and unannounced, we should always be on the watch out and avoid dangerous ways,” he warned.
Buni prayed Allah (SWT) to protect the people, their properties, livestock, and farmlands.
It was gathered that Yobe State Government, in collaboration with security agencies and relevant stakeholders, is working to provide improvised alternative safe routes for the affected communities to have safe travel and access to adjoining villages; communities trapped will be provided with essential life-saving support accordingly.
Recall that heavy floods have recently washed away several roads, settlements, farmlands, and livestock across the state.