‘By Kabiru Dogon Daji Birnin Kebbi Death of about 16, 000 animals of diff erent species, as a result of a recent fl ooding of River Niger, is responsible for the outbreak of gastroenteritis and cholera diseases in Kebbi state. Th e fl ooding, which swept from the neighbouring Niger Republic to Nigeria, destroyed farm crops and animals along the river banks, causing untold hardship to the people of the state and neighbouring communities.
Disclosing this in a chat with newsmen in, Birnin Kebbi to mark Nigeria’s 57th Independence, Governor Atiku Abubakar Bagudu, said the Nigerien authorities had confi rmed the pollution of the river as a result of the decomposing animals. Bagudu said people living around the river bank, who consumed the contaminated water without treatment in some local government areas of the state, were those aff ected, explaining that the situation had led to the spread of the killer disease in and around neighbouring states such as Niger.
He called on the people of the state to be sensitive to their health and security needs, while also looking out for strange people and objects around them. Th e governor used the forum to thank the security operatives, working journalists, traditional rulers and leaders of thought in the state, for the tremendous support given to his administration since its inception in May 2015.