Eighteen people were killed when a canoe carrying 23 farmers capsized in Bauchi State.

Although five people were rescued alive, the driver and one passenger were unconscious.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, Ahmed Wakil, made this known in a statement made available to journalists in Bauchi.

According to him, the deceased included eight children, eight teenagers, and two adults.

He said the incident occurred on River Buji in Itas Gadau Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

He said upon receipt of the report, the DPO and a team of policemen rushed to the scene.