Boat with 166 people on board sinks off Nigeria coast

A wooden boat carrying 166 people from southeastern Nigeria has capsized about 40 miles off the coast, with only two known survivors, according to emergency services and local traders.

The boat left from the remote town of Oron, in Cross Rivers state, across the Gulf of Guinea on Friday and was heading to Gabon, in central Africa, traders said.

Confirming the incident, David Akate, head of Cross Rivers emergency services told Reuters he had no death toll yet.