Some houses along the bank of River Niger in Lokoja have been flooded following excess discharge of water from the river between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
Our correspondent visited some of the affected houses at Kpata, Adankolo and Gadumo areas of Lokoja yesterday and reports that no life was lost to the flooding.
It was, however, learnt that some personal property worth several millions of naira were submerged by the flood. Some affected residents said they woke up yesterday to discover that their houses had been flooded, a development, which they attributed to excess discharge of water from the River Niger, saying the water level increased tremendously, and expressed fears that the river might eventually overrun the entire houses on its bank in due course.
Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim, a landlord in one of the affected houses in Adankolo area said he moved into his eight-room building in 2011 and ever since he had been living peacefully with his three wives and 11 children until the recent flooding problem. Cpl. Mr Musa Hayatu, who was a tenant in the area, said he had relocated his wife and one kid to another house in the town as a result of the flood and he had no intention of returning to the house.
Another landlord, Mr Hussein Bawa, who owns a two-bedroom apartment located on Hausa Street, Adankolo, said a relation had offered him a one room as a temporary abode and he would consider returning to the house when the water level dropped.
Attempts to speak with the Executive Secretary of SEMA, Mrs Alice Ogedengbe, did not succeed as she was said to be busy.