Four girls drown in Jigawa pond Four girls drown in Jigawa pond
Four girls have drowned after they attempted to swim across a pond in Sakwaya village, in the Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa State.... Four girls drown in Jigawa pond

Four girls have drowned after they attempted to swim across a pond in Sakwaya village, in the Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

The spokesman for the state police command, DSP Abdu Jinjiri, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Dutse.

Jinjiri said the deceased were residents of Sakwaya village.

He gave their names as Sumayya Gadi, 7; Zuwaira Abdulhamidu, 12; Gaji Saidu 12; and 11-year-old Ummi Saidu.

He said the deceased drowned in the pond after they tried to swim on their way to fetch firewood in nearby Farantawa village in the Albasu Local Government Area of Kano State.

Jinjiri said the incident was reported to the police by the relatives of the victims around 1.30pm on Saturday, after the corpses had been recovered.

He said the deceased were confirmed dead at a nearby hospital, adding that the victims had been buried according to Islamic rites.

He advised parents and guardians in the area to monitor the movement of their children and wards in order to avoid tragedy.

The spokesman also urged the public to assist distressed persons during emergencies.

Nurudeen Adegbenro