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23 Oct 2018

Reptiles And Thieves Compound Flooding Woes In Goodluck Jonathan's Hometown

Residents of Otuoke community, hometown of former President Goodluck Jonathan, in Bayelsa State, are currently living in fear as reptiles and thieves are currently on the prowl.

With the threat of reptiles, residents are trapped in their houses for fear of abandoning them to thieves, who have taken advantage of the flooding disaster to loot property.

Otuoke community, located in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa, is one of the communities affected by flood.

Residents have now resorted to accessing their homes with canoes due to the overflow of River Orashi-Taylor and Epie creeks, situated in Rivers and Bayelsa states.

However, the Federal University, Otuoke, was not affected by the flood as normal academic activities and lectures continue.

In 2012, Jonathan's house was one of many that were affected by flooding.

Solomon Oru, a resident, urged the Federal Government and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to come to their aid, noting that most of their properties had been damaged.

Oru also told journalists that flood had released reptiles around the communities, thereby threatening their lives.

Emmanuel Peter, another resident, who said they cannot leave their houses because thieves loot their properties, also called for the intervention of the state government and security agencies.

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