The Kebbi State Government has arrested a boat operator/driver for overload, following recent cases of boat and canoes mishaps in Yauri and Lolo in Bagudu Council.
Two traders were confirmed to have drowned in the River Niger at Tahoe village in Yauri Council.
Briefing newsmen yesterday in his office, Chairman of the state Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Sani Dododo, said the arrest became necessary because the operator ignored warnings against overloading his boat.
He explained that government had enacted a law against operators/drivers carrying over 50 passenger in a canoe.
Dododo said the two victims, a Fulani woman and an elderly man from Binua village were on their way to a market in Yauri when the canoe capsized, two days after 18 worshippers drowned in the same river in Yauri.