Riverine communities in the North-East region have been advised to be on the look-out for renegade hippopotamus that are migrating to the areas from Lagdo dam, following the release of water. Local officials have warned that the animals will terrorize farmers and fishermen along the river Benue axis.
Our correspondent reports that already, members of some communities that were affected by the release of the excess water in Adamawa State, have confirmed the migration of stray hippos to the areas.
“The public is advised to be particularly cautious, as hippos are known to be extremely dangerous wild animals,” the Adamawa State Assistant Director, Wildlife Control, Mr Zacharia Buba Yaduma, said.
He warned people of the area not to approach the animals when they see them.
“This could lead to dangerous encounters and may potentially prolong the capture operation by influencing the animal’s behaviour. Farmers and fishermen in flood affected communities, particularly in Adamawa, Taraba and Gombe states should be cautious,” he said.
He recalled that recently, two fishermen were killed by hippopotamus in the state.
Some residents of the state who spoke to Daily Trust said they noticed the animals on Sunday, and that they have been tormenting them, just as they destroyed farmlands in Demsa, Guyuk, Shelleng and some villages in Numan Local Government Area.