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Baby, others missing in Lagos boat mishap

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…13 rescued

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Tragedy struck Irewe community in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State late Tuesday when a boat capsized, leaving 3 dead, scores missing including a baby.

Although the exact time of the incident could not be ascertained but New Telegraph reliably learnt that the tragic incident occurred at about 6:10pm when two passenger boats had a head on collision along the creek in Ojo.

Although the exact numbers of the passengers in the two boats could not be confirmed but it also learnt that there were 10 passengers in a boat coming from Ojo jetty and eight passengers in the other coming from the Irewe community when the incident occurred.

But as at the time of filing this report, 13 passengers had been rescued, while three were confirmed dead and two, comprising an adult and a baby, were still missing.

Although there were fears that more passengers might still be missing since the exact number of people in the boats were unknown.

Confirming the incident, the General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Agency, LASWA, Oluwadamilola Emmanuel said that search and rescue operation was still ongoing by relevant state agencies and the local community who were the first responders.

According to him, preliminary investigations by the authority revealed that the incident was caused due to reckless driving on the part of the boat captains as one of them was said not to have been on the right side of the river.

The LASWA boss assured that further investigations would be thoroughly carried out by the Authority and those found wanting will be sanctioned accordingly.

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Artisans win saloon cars in Dangote cement promo

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64-year-old bricklayer, Mr. Iyowun Ezekiel, and a 20-year-old artisan, Godwin Godday, have emerged the latest winners of Star prize GAC saloon cars in the ongoing Dangote Cement ‘Bag of Goodies’ national consumer promo.

 

 

Ezekiel, who is based in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, has been a bricklayer for over 40 years. He found his prize-winning scratch card in one of the Dangote cement promo bags he bought from a distributor in Ijebu-Mushin.

 

 

The second winner, Godday, found his winning scratch card in Ikorodu, Lagos.

 

 

Both star prize winners were given the keys to their brand new cars by top Dangote Cement officials at different handing-over ceremonies in Ijebu-Ode and Ikorodu.

Also, 10 other lucky promo winners carted home various prizes including a tricycle, a motorcycle, eight refrigerators and two television sets.

 

 

Mr. Akintaye Oluwagbemiga won a tricycle while Mr. Kamilu Audu won a motorcycle. Mr. Solomon Dayo won three out of the seven refrigerators presented at the Ikorodu event, while Messrs. Ohemu Friday, Innocent Agbo-James, Ransome Watels and Kehinde Adeagbo went home with one refrigerator each. There was also the presentation of television sets to Mr. Dare Olajide and Mr. Oluwadare Gbenga. Likewise, Mr. Imam Adebisi Abdulhakeem, who won a refrigerator, collected his prize at the Ijebu-ode venue.

 

 

Handing over the car keys to Ezekiel in Ijebu-Ode, National Sales Director, Dangote Cement Plc, Mr. Adeyemi Fajobi, told those gathered at the Local Government office that the cement promo was real and that there were many more choice prizes to be won.

 

 

Also, Regional Director, Lagos/Ogun, Dangote Cement Plc, Mr. Tunde Mabogunje, while handing over the various prizes in Ikorodu, said excited consumers had been coming forward to collect their prizes in the ongoing promo.

 

 

Head, Route to Market, Dangote Cement Plc, Olukayode Akin-Bamidele, said the promo was put up by the President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, to reward consumers’ patronage.

 

 

The Dangote Cement ‘Bag of Goodies’ promo, which began nationwide in July and is to run till September ending, has so far yielded numerous winners of prizes in various categories.

 

 

Among other unique gifts, a total of 43 brand new cars, cash prizes of N200 million, 24 tricycles, 500 refrigerators, 24 motorcycles, 400 television sets, generators, goodies packs, are available for winners in a promo, which has generated so much excitement among Nigerians, with over 21 million lucky winners targeted.

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Lagos: Four hospitalised, five arrested as Hausa, Yoruba clash

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our persons have been admitted in hospital while five others were arrested following a clash between Hausa and Yoruba at Ilepo Market area of Lagos State.

 

The clash, which started since Saturday, allegedly left many people injured. A witness claimed that trouble started after Hausa traders refused to pay market royalty, but the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bala Elkana, said such claims should be disregarded.

 

 

Elkana explained that on August 18, at about 10a.m., Alhaji Adekunle Habib of Ilepo Market reported at Oke-Odo Police Station that there was a misunderstanding between a Hausa scavenger and an “Area Boy” from Yoruba ethnic group.

 

 

He said: “The area boy was carrying some goods on his head, when he was mistakenly pushed by the Hausa boy. His goods fell down. An argument ensued between the two parties, leading to exchange of blows. Friends of the two parties joined in solidarity fight and other miscreants took advantage of the moment to steal and loot.

 

 

 

 

“They blocked the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway. What started as a fight between two miscreants almost snowballed into ethnic crisis, if not for the timely intervention of police teams from Oke-Odo Division.”

 

 

The PPRO said the command sent reinforcements from the Operations Department, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Task Force, Tactical Units and Police Mobile Force. Divisions within the Area Command equally sent reinforcements.

 

 

He added: “The situation was brought under control and traffic cleared. No death was recorded, but four persons sustained various degrees of injury and are receiving medical attention.

 

 

“Five suspects, Kabiru Mohammed, Kabiru Adamu, Bashiru Mohammed, Saliu Madu and Yusuf Amuda, were arrested in connection with the breach of peace. Normalcy has been restored and patrols are ongoing in the affected areas. Suspects will be charged to court,” Elkana added.

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Flood ravages Niger, Plateau communities

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here apprehension over possible outbreak of cholera in Niger and Plateau states.

 

Flood, accompanying rain on Saturday, contaminated drinking water in two local government areas of Niger State.

In Plateau State, hundreds of people were rendered homeless while scores of people were rendered homeless.

 

The Director-General (DG), Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Ibrahim Inga, raised the alarm over possible outbreak of cholera in an interview with New Telegraph.

 

 

This came as displaced victims of the Saturday flood in Minna have vowed to take their mats to the front of the Government House as their new abode if alternative shelters were not provided for them.

 

But Inga said the agency had taken steps to forestall any outbreak of diseases by boosting health facilities in the affected areas.

He said: “There are many issues that can arise from such incidents. We are likely to have health challenges especially when affected people are from different locations and backgrounds.

 

 

“There may be outbreak of cholera and other diseases, because the waters are contaminated. But at the moment we are going to boost all the health facilities around these areas with enough medications, so that in case we have any outbreak we can quickly bring it under control.”

 

 

Expressing dissatisfaction over government’s unfulfilled promises, the victims said they slept in churches, mosques, friends and relatives’ houses.

 

 

They told the New Telegraph that the acting Governor, Ahmed Ketso, and the NSEMA had on the day the incident occurred promised to bring them succour.

One of the residents of Shanu village in Bosso Local Government Area, Hadiza Rabiu, said she had nowhere to go.

 

 

She said: “I slept at the mosque with my children and there was serious cold. I don’t have anything left with me. The N40,000 I kept in the house, foodstuffs and personal effects were lost to the flood because I was trying to save my children’s lives.

 

 

“The eldest of my children is five, the next is three and this little girl on my back is less than a year old.”

 

 

 

 

Rabiu said she and her children were fast asleep when the flood came.

She said: “I started calling for help and to save my children. The flood started very early in the morning while people were still sleeping. I lost everything, our house collapsed and everything we had including over N40,000 were washed away. Please, government should come to our aid.”

 

 

Another victim, Zubairu Abdullahi, who lost his livestock and fish pond, said his entire house was destroyed and wiped away by the flood.

 

He said: “We thought when the deputy governor, Ketso, visited by now they would have alleviated our suffering by giving us an alternative place to stay because they assured us of urgent support.

“I slept in the mosque with my family including my brothers who also live with me before the flood. If by today we sleep in the mosques and churches, by Monday we are all going to the front of the Government House to sleep.

 

 

“We voted them to support us. Protect us and do these things that are beyond us as individuals. How can the state government officials visit us, they came with NSEMA and up till this moment there is no sign of assistance. We have concluded that those of us in Dutsen Kura Hausa, MYPA Road and even Shanu village; we will march to the Government House on Monday.”

 

 

The Ward Head (Mai Angwan) of Adamawa Road not too far from the Government House, Alhaji Inuwa Bawa Tokura, condemned government’s “nonchalant approach” at addressing the incessant flooding affecting the areas.

 

 

He said: “I have witnessed four floods now; the only solution for this flooding is the construction of drainage system from the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Bosso, Minna down to Minna-Bida Road.”

At least, 130 farmers in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State rendered stranded following a flood disaster that wreaked havoc on their communities.

 

 

It was learnt yesterday that the flood, which swept through about 10 communities, destroyed many valuables including their farmlands, bridges and crops.

 

 

Many of the residents called on government and other public-spirited individuals to come to their aid.

A statement issued yesterday by Mr. Mangna Wamyil, on behalf of the concerned residents in the affected communities, confirmed the development.

 

 

He said: “We received with sadness reports of a flood disaster resulting from heavy rainfall which affected parts of Panyam District of Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State on Monday 5th August, 2019.”

 

 

“The large body of water swept through cultivated farmlands, destroying fully grown crops in Dangdai, Kwangkong, Changal, Kombili, Ajing, Larkas, and Washna villages in Panyam District, also destroyed bridges in Ajing and Kombili villages of the same district.

 

 

“This unwelcome natural disaster left over 130 farmers devastated as they would not be among farmers who would be bountifully harvesting their crops this year owing to the damage the flood wreaked on their farms. With it is also the helplessness and difficulty in transportation for the people in the villages whose bridges were affected.

 

 

“As concerned citizens, we are burdened by the suffering the flood has caused our people, and we wonder how they would be able to make ends meet, feed their families, and carter for their needs.

 

 

“To this end therefore, we wish to call on the Governor of Plateau State, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, and the Chairman of Mangu Local Government Area, Rt. Hon. Lawrence Danat, to come to the aid of the people of the local government area, as we look to deal with this situation we were not prepared for.”

 

 

The senator representing Plateau Central Zone, Hezekiah Dimka, and his colleague in the House of Representatives, representing Mangu/Bokkos Federal Constituency, Hon. Solomon Maren, as well as Hon. Abdullahi Yanga, who represents Mangu North East Constituency in Plateau State House of Assembly must rise to the occasion by swiftly identifying with the communities and people whose way of life came under attack by the element of nature. What is needed now is genuine physical support.

 

 

“We wish to also call on the State and National Emergency Management Agencies to quicken the response effort they have already initiated, to restore hope in the minds of the flood victims, to give them the assurance to move on.”

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Ogun farm worker’s decomposing body found on tree

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olice in Ogun State have launched investigation into the circumstances surrounding the murder of a 27-year-old farm worker identified as Ismail Mukaila Ogunsola.

 

 

Ogunsola, a resident of Asimolowo village in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state, was allegedly killed by his boss, Segun Adekoya, over a theft allegation levelled against him.

The decomposing body of the deceased was found hanged on a mango tree in the farm on Mowe-Ofada Road.

 

 

Sources said no rope was tied on the neck of the late farm worker when his remains were removed from the tree top.

 

 

New Telegraph learnt that Ogunsola was lured to the farm on August 11 by Adekoya, who owns Offshore Agro Limited situated on Adejunrin Road, Owode-Egba town.

 

 

Adekoya reportedly invited the deceased on the pretext that he wanted to see him for an important matter, “but killed him and hid his corpse on a mango tree in the farm”.

When the victim’s family members could not ascertain his whereabouts, they reported at the Owode-Egba Police Division.

 

 

A search on the farm by policemen on August 15, however, led to the discovery of Ogunsola’s decomposing body, hidden on a mango tree.

 

 

One of the family members, Tajudeen Shodunke, who spoke with our correspondent on the phone, said the bicycle the deceased rode on the fateful day was found at the entrance to the farm.

When contacted yesterday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident.

 

 

Oyeyemi, who stated that the matter was being investigated, said some suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident.

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Siasia’s mum: Kidnappers reduce ransom to N20m

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other of former Super Eagle coach, Samson Siasia, is still in kidnappers’ den more than four weeks after she was abducted.

 

 

This was even as fresh information reached New Telegraph that the kidnappers, who had earlier demand N70 million ransom, have reduced it to N20 million.

 

 

The 76-year-old woman, Beauty Ogere Siasia, was kidnapped alongside two of her relations, Florence Daunana (65) and her 17-year-old granddaughter, Selekere Daunana.

 

 

At the weekend, Samson’s younger brother, Dennis Siasia, told New Telegraph on the phone, said that the kidnapers were now demanding N20 million, from the earlier N70 million demand.

 

 

He said: “The kidnappers are now demanding N20 million as ransom. But we have told them that we didn’t have such an amount of money. We have been begging them to accept N1 million. After we made the appeal, they said it was all right, that we should no longer speak with them. That was the situation as at Friday. Our mother has been there now for over a month and one week.”

Denis said they were praying that the kidnappers would accept what they were offering and allow their aged mother to return home.

 

 

Asked if they had spoken with their mother, Denis said: “The kidnappers didn’t allow us to speak with her, but we could hear her talking in the background. They said if we give them good money, they would be taking care of her. They took her with two persons and all of them are still there. We are just praying that God should intervene.”

 

 

Beauty and two others were abducted about 2a.m. at Odoni in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

 

 

This would be the second time that Beauty had been abducted. The first time was less than four years ago, and the family had to pay millions as ransom before she was released.

 

 

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Asinim Butswat, when contacted to tell the New Telegraph the latest development on the abduction of the old woman, said that investigation was still ongoing.

The banning of Samson from football activities by FIFA for life after being found guilty of bribery may have added salt to injury for the former Super Eagles player, who it was learnt, was slammed with a fine of CHF 50,000 ($51,000).

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Lagos: Four hospitalised, five arrested as Hausa, Yoruba clash

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our persons have been admitted in hospital while five others were arrested following a clash between Hausa and Yoruba at Ilepo Market area of Lagos State.

 

 

The clash, which started since Saturday, allegedly left many people injured. A witness claimed that trouble started after Hausa traders refused to pay market royalty, but the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bala Elkana, said such claims should be disregarded.

 

 

Elkana explained that on August 18, at about 10a.m., Alhaji Adekunle Habib of Ilepo Market reported at Oke-Odo Police Station that there was a misunderstanding between a Hausa scavenger and an “Area Boy” from Yoruba ethnic group.

 

 

He said: “The area boy was carrying some goods on his head, when he was mistakenly pushed by the Hausa boy. His goods fell down. An argument ensued between the two parties, leading to exchange of blows. Friends of the two parties joined in solidarity fight and other miscreants took advantage of the moment to steal and loot.

 

 

“They blocked the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway. What started as a fight between two miscreants almost snowballed into ethnic crisis, if not for the timely intervention of police teams from Oke-Odo Division.”

 

 

The PPRO said the command sent reinforcements from the Operations Department, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Task Force, Tactical Units and Police Mobile Force. Divisions within the Area Command equally sent reinforcements.

 

 

He added: “The situation was brought under control and traffic cleared. No death was recorded, but four persons sustained various degrees of injury and are receiving medical attention.

“Five suspects, Kabiru Mohammed, Kabiru Adamu, Bashiru Mohammed, Saliu Madu and Yusuf Amuda, were arrested in connection with the breach of peace. Normalcy has been restored and patrols are ongoing in the affected areas. Suspects will be charged to court,” Elkana added.

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We don’t operate in our communities –Robbers

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hree men, arrested around Olowopopo Way, Ikeja after allegedly robbing two ladies at Agidingbi, Ikeja and Isheri, have told the police why they did not like to operate in their communities.

 

 

The three suspects confessed that they preferred operating around Ogun ‘Long Bridge,’ Isheri, Ojodu-Berger and Agidingbi, Ikeja, said that as a rule, the gang did not operate in the areas they live.

 

 

The suspects are Issa Jidda (15), Alli Jumah (19) and Adamu Mohammed (22).

 

 

The suspects were arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Ikeja, Lagos State Police Command. According to the suspects, they specialised in depriving unsuspecting Nigerians of their phones and other valuables. 

 

 

One of the suspects, Jidda, a primary school dropout, said: “We have been operating since last month. I was invited into the gang by Adamu. He is the leader of the gang. I have gone out on robberies with them seven times.  Our targets are mobile phones, wallet and jewellery. We also rob in traffic, especially Long Bridge. We avoid operating in Kara because we live there. Our colleagues might see us. We sell the phones and share the money. The motorcycle that we use is owned by Alli. The three of us operate on it, using a knife and dagger as our arms.”

 

 

The three men arrested by RRS patrol team after it responded to a distress call that some robbers on motorcycle were operating at Agidingbi.

 

 

The officers trailed the robbers to Olowopopo Way, where a motorist, who got a hint that the suspects were being chased, hit their motorcycle to prevent them from escaping into the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

 

 

The owners of the two android phones snatched at Gateway Estate, Isheri and Agidingbi, identified the suspects. They have been transferred to SARS for further investigation.

 

 

The state Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, urged Lagosians to continue to cooperate with the police in order to address some of the security challenges in the state.

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Eight arrested during initiation into ‘One Million Boys’ cult

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etectives attached to the Lagos State Police Command have arrested eight suspected cultists during initiation into ‘One Million Boys’ cult group.

 

 

The state Police public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bala Elkana, the suspects were arrested on August 15, about 7.30p.m.

 

 

The PPRO explained that dangerous weapons and charms were recovered from the suspects.

 

 

He said: “The suspects were arrested following credible intelligence. Operatives of Operation Crush from Ilemba Hausa Police Station, led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Mr. Kazeem Abonde, arrested eight suspected members of ‘One Million Boys’ confraternity during initiation exercise.

 

 

“The suspects were arrested at No. 15, Alado Street, Shibiri, where they are being initiated into the cult group by Abu, 20.”

 

 

Elkana said that three cutlasses, a fetish calabash with dangerous Juju and weeds suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered from them.

 

 

In another development, anti-crime patrol team from Mushin Police Station led by Inspector Dada Akawu intercepted a Honda motorcycle with registration number AKM 300 VJ, red in colour, at Ogunmokun Street, Mushin.

 

 

“The motorcycle was conveying four persons reasonably suspected to be members of a gang of armed robbers terrorising Mushin and its environs. The gang mostly operates on motorcycle for easy access to escape routes after operation. The gang was responsible for a series of robberies reported in the area with the same mode of operation.

 

 

“They take advantage of traffic situations and dispossessed unsuspecting members of the public of their valuables such as handsets, laptops, bags and money. The cyclist refused to stop and was given a hot chase. The leader of the gang, known as Taofeek Abayomi Oladiran (26), was arrested, while others escaped through different directions to crowded areas along Akala, Idi-Oro.

 

 

“The motorcycle was recovered. A bag, containing a locally-made pistol, one expended cartridge, 11 live cartridges, and a jacket decorated with charms, was recovered.

 

 

“The suspects at large are Afeez, Michael, and Tolu. Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have taken over the case and have launched a manhunt for the three fleeing suspects. Investigation is ongoing.”

 

 

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Artisans win saloon cars in Dangote cement promo

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64-year-old bricklayer, Mr. Iyowun Ezekiel, and a 20-year-old artisan, Godwin Godday, have emerged the latest winners of Star prize GAC saloon cars in the ongoing Dangote Cement ‘Bag of Goodies’ national consumer promo.

 

 

Ezekiel, who is based in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, has been a bricklayer for over 40 years. He found his prize-winning scratch card in one of the Dangote cement promo bags he bought from a distributor in Ijebu-Mushin.

 

 

The second winner, Godday, found his winning scratch card in Ikorodu, Lagos.

 

 

Both star prize winners were given the keys to their brand new cars by top Dangote Cement officials at different handing-over ceremonies in Ijebu-Ode and Ikorodu.

 

 

Also, 10 other lucky promo winners carted home various prizes including a tricycle, a motorcycle, eight refrigerators and two television sets.

 

 

Mr. Akintaye Oluwagbemiga won a tricycle while Mr. Kamilu Audu won a motorcycle. Mr. Solomon Dayo won three out of the seven refrigerators presented at the Ikorodu event, while Messrs. Ohemu Friday, Innocent Agbo-James, Ransome Watels and Kehinde Adeagbo went home with one refrigerator each. There was also the presentation of television sets to Mr. Dare Olajide and Mr. Oluwadare Gbenga. Likewise, Mr. Imam Adebisi Abdulhakeem, who won a refrigerator, collected his prize at the Ijebu-ode venue.

 

 

Handing over the car keys to Ezekiel in Ijebu-Ode, National Sales Director, Dangote Cement Plc, Mr. Adeyemi Fajobi, told those gathered at the Local Government office that the cement promo was real and that there were many more choice prizes to be won.

 

 

Also, Regional Director, Lagos/Ogun, Dangote Cement Plc, Mr. Tunde Mabogunje, while handing over the various prizes in Ikorodu, said excited consumers had been coming forward to collect their prizes in the ongoing promo.

 

 

Head, Route to Market, Dangote Cement Plc, Olukayode Akin-Bamidele, said the promo was put up by the President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, to reward consumers’ patronage.

 

 

The Dangote Cement ‘Bag of Goodies’ promo, which began nationwide in July and is to run till September ending, has so far yielded numerous winners of prizes in various categories.

 

Among other unique gifts, a total of 43 brand new cars, cash prizes of N200 million, 24 tricycles, 500 refrigerators, 24 motorcycles, 400 television sets, generators, goodies packs, are available for winners in a promo, which has generated so much excitement among Nigerians, with over 21 million lucky winners targeted.

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here apprehension over possible outbreak of cholera in Niger and Plateau states.

Flood, accompanying rain on Saturday, contaminated drinking water in two local government areas of Niger State.

 

 

In Plateau State, hundreds of people were rendered homeless while scores of people were rendered homeless.

 

 

The Director-General (DG), Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Ibrahim Inga, raised the alarm over possible outbreak of cholera in an interview with New Telegraph.

 

 

This came as displaced victims of the Saturday flood in Minna have vowed to take their mats to the front of the Government House as their new abode if alternative shelters were not provided for them.

 

 

But Inga said the agency had taken steps to forestall any outbreak of diseases by boosting health facilities in the affected areas.

He said: “There are many issues that can arise from such incidents. We are likely to have health challenges especially when affected people are from different locations and backgrounds.

 

 

“There may be outbreak of cholera and other diseases, because the waters are contaminated. But at the moment we are going to boost all the health facilities around these areas with enough medications, so that in case we have any outbreak we can quickly bring it under control.”

 

 

Expressing dissatisfaction over government’s unfulfilled promises, the victims said they slept in churches, mosques, friends and relatives’ houses.

 

They told the New Telegraph that the acting Governor, Ahmed Ketso, and the NSEMA had on the day the incident occurred promised to bring them succour.

 

 

One of the residents of Shanu village in Bosso Local Government Area, Hadiza Rabiu, said she had nowhere to go.

 

 

She said: “I slept at the mosque with my children and there was serious cold. I don’t have anything left with me. The N40,000 I kept in the house, foodstuffs and personal effects were lost to the flood because I was trying to save my children’s lives.

 

 

“The eldest of my children is five, the next is three and this little girl on my back is less than a year old.”

Rabiu said she and her children were fast asleep when the flood came.

 

 

She said: “I started calling for help and to save my children. The flood started very early in the morning while people were still sleeping. I lost everything, our house collapsed and everything we had including over N40,000 were washed away. Please, government should come to our aid.”

 

 

Another victim, Zubairu Abdullahi, who lost his livestock and fish pond, said his entire house was destroyed and wiped away by the flood.

 

 

He said: “We thought when the deputy governor, Ketso, visited by now they would have alleviated our suffering by giving us an alternative place to stay because they assured us of urgent support.

“I slept in the mosque with my family including my brothers who also live with me before the flood. If by today we sleep in the mosques and churches, by Monday we are all going to the front of the Government House to sleep.

 

 

“We voted them to support us. Protect us and do these things that are beyond us as individuals. How can the state government officials visit us, they came with NSEMA and up till this moment there is no sign of assistance. We have concluded that those of us in Dutsen Kura Hausa, MYPA Road and even Shanu village; we will march to the Government House on Monday.”

 

 

The Ward Head (Mai Angwan) of Adamawa Road not too far from the Government House, Alhaji Inuwa Bawa Tokura, condemned government’s “nonchalant approach” at addressing the incessant flooding affecting the areas.

 

 

He said: “I have witnessed four floods now; the only solution for this flooding is the construction of drainage system from the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Bosso, Minna down to Minna-Bida Road.”

At least, 130 farmers in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State rendered stranded following a flood disaster that wreaked havoc on their communities.

 

 

It was learnt yesterday that the flood, which swept through about 10 communities, destroyed many valuables including their farmlands, bridges and crops.

Many of the residents called on government and other public-spirited individuals to come to their aid.

 

 

A statement issued yesterday by Mr. Mangna Wamyil, on behalf of the concerned residents in the affected communities, confirmed the development.

 

 

He said: “We received with sadness reports of a flood disaster resulting from heavy rainfall which affected parts of Panyam District of Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State on Monday 5th August, 2019.”

“The large body of water swept through cultivated farmlands, destroying fully grown crops in Dangdai, Kwangkong, Changal, Kombili, Ajing, Larkas, and Washna villages in Panyam District, also destroyed bridges in Ajing and Kombili villages of the same district.

 

 

“This unwelcome natural disaster left over 130 farmers devastated as they would not be among farmers who would be bountifully harvesting their crops this year owing to the damage the flood wreaked on their farms. With it is also the helplessness and difficulty in transportation for the people in the villages whose bridges were affected.

 

 

“As concerned citizens, we are burdened by the suffering the flood has caused our people, and we wonder how they would be able to make ends meet, feed their families, and carter for their needs.

 

 

“To this end therefore, we wish to call on the Governor of Plateau State, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, and the Chairman of Mangu Local Government Area, Rt. Hon. Lawrence Danat, to come to the aid of the people of the local government area, as we look to deal with this situation we were not prepared for.”

 

 

The senator representing Plateau Central Zone, Hezekiah Dimka, and his colleague in the House of Representatives, representing Mangu/Bokkos Federal Constituency, Hon. Solomon Maren, as well as Hon. Abdullahi Yanga, who represents Mangu North East Constituency in Plateau State House of Assembly must rise to the occasion by swiftly identifying with the communities and people whose way of life came under attack by the element of nature. What is needed now is genuine physical support.

 

 

“We wish to also call on the State and National Emergency Management Agencies to quicken the response effort they have already initiated, to restore hope in the minds of the flood victims, to give them the assurance to move on.”

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