At least 26 persons have been confirmed dead following a boat mishap on Shagari river in Shagari local government area of Sokoto state.

Chairman of Shagari Council area, Aliyu Dantani, who disclosed the accident to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday April 13, in Sokoto, said the incident happened on Tuesday evening, April 12.

According to Dantani, 26 corpses were recovered, 21 were women while five were children, adding that a search and rescue mission was still ongoing.

However, the chairman of the board said the actual number of passengers on the ship could not be determined immediately.

According to him, local divers were currently in the river to see how to either recover bodies or rescue survivors