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Oct 4, 2012 – There Is A Hippopotamus In My House – Benue Flood Victim Laments

According to residents, several dangerous animals which include snakes, hippopotamus, crocodiles, have found a permanent shelter in homes situated in flood ravaged communities in Benue state, Nigeria.

These creatures were brought in from their natural habitats by heavy flood.

“There is now a hippopotamus in [my] house,”  “I hope that when it is tired, it may leave my home.” – Benue state resident Wuese Jirake told the BBC.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the flooding.

Hundreds also died in the worst flooding in decades.

Vast tracts of farmland have been completely destroyed.

Mr Jirake told the BBC he had returned to his home to find it occupied by the hippo.

“This morning I visited my house. It is still inundated with the flood waters above my waist. There is now a hippopotamus in the house,” he said.

He said he had reported the situation to the authorities.

“I hope that when it is tired, it may leave my home. If there is any other way of dealing with the problem, the authorities need to pursue that because it is beyond my abilities.”

Similar situations have been reported in the towns of Makurdi, Agatu, Logo and Adoka, says the BBC’s Is’haq Khalid.

Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency says it is working hand in hand with the Benue state government and other relevant agencies to ensure the flood victims return to their homes.

The co-ordinator of the agency in north-central Nigeria, Abdussalam Muhammad, told the BBC that it was not safe for people to go back to their houses because of the presence of the dangerous animals.

“Presently there are crocodiles and snakes as well as other dangerous animals brought in by the floodwaters that are living in those houses, so, if the people return, it will be harmful to them and they will put their lives at risk,” he said.

He said people should wait for instructions after the floodwaters have subsided. (BBC)



  1. Elkabir

    October 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Nigerian’z don sofer o! Mr president fnd solution na.stp incrisn fuel prize n start fihgtn flood!

  2. Sunday Nyah Austin

    October 4, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Prayer is the key 4get president focus on God wht do u think president wil do in a helpless situation like this.

  3. Stanley Simeon

    October 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Its a natural disaster.gvt can only sincerly mak sure dat victims are not homles an suferin from hangry, bcos when peo are frastrated they do anytin for survival.

  4. Harerah Shitu

    October 4, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Dis is serious.

  5. Emmanuel Osita Obimma

    October 4, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    This is the beginning of the reward of the too much blood shed in Nigeria, more especially the Northern Nigeria.

  6. Emmanuel Osita Obimma

    October 4, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Anger of God will son arise in that devilish land called North.

  7. Donald Mmirikwe

    October 4, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    The sign of incomming God, s anger.

  8. Peter Brown

    October 5, 2012 at 4:34 AM

    Why are our people so daft and stunted in giving comments? What has the issue of natural disaster of this nature got to do with killing in the north? Is benue a northern state? Or is anambara too not affected by the flood? I think some of you who are intellectualy barren should close your mouth when you don’t understand the topic concerned!

  9. James Kalu Anya

    October 5, 2012 at 6:17 AM

    Only God will help us in this kind of situation, what is use to happen to Europe, Asia and America is now happening in Nigeria.We need Gods intervention.

  10. Azomun jephthah

    October 5, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Benue zoo pls help us & make use of the hipp

    • stanley

      October 5, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      God will surely see us through this hard times in Jesus name Amen.

  11. Flobayz

    October 6, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Omo, na naija we dey ooh. If dis kine tin hapn 4 outside, CNN go carry am, yet na 4 only naijagist we dey hear dis news. ‘Omase’ ooo. But guys if u think am first, if dis kine tin do me, wetin i go do? Hippo 4 ma house??? Na 2 start discovery channel be dat

  12. Shodes presco

    October 6, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Let d resıdent should go to d state govt house

  13. Urchman

    October 7, 2012 at 5:30 AM

    Na God hand we dey oh!!

  14. Ebute moses

    October 11, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    God wi heip everybody those effected by flood

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