In Mariga town of Mariga Local Government Council, Niger State, a flood has swept more than 500 corpses out of their graves in a cemetery.
A local named Mohammed Aliyu claims that the River Mariga overflowed its banks and into the cemetery, which caused the bodies to be washed out of their graves.
He added that some of the bodies are still missing and that on Wednesday morning, when the villagers woke up, they found corpses floating in the river.
He said that the state administration had been contacted by the district head and asked for prompt action, and they had replied quickly.
“The government officials promptly responded and as of this afternoon (Tuesday), about 200 bodies were recovered. They are still struggling to get access to the area” he added.
When reached, Ahmed Inga, the director general of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency, verified the incident but said he couldn’t determine how many bodies the river had washed downstream.
“It is true that River Mariga overflew its banks and washed away parts of the grave located around the area”.
“I visited there with the commissioner of works and it is true that dead bodies were washed away but I can not give you the number of the bodies because the recovery is still ongoing,” Inga added. It might interest you to read Imo removes fourth House of Assembly speaker in three years
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