Three persons died while about 10 others were missing when flood ravaged Suleja, Niger State on Sunday. Over 100 houses were badly affected while property including vehicles worth millions of naira were destroyed by the flood.
Eyewitnesses said eight members of a family are suspected to have died in the floods that occurred mostly in Suleja and Tafa local Government areas.
There was hardly any community in Suleja that was not affected by the adverse effects of the rain.
But, worst-hit areas included Kaduna road through, Bakin-Iku, Chanchania and Yaro College area, Kantoma area, Kuspa, Angwa Gwari, and Angwa Juma. Chairman of Suleja Local Government Area, Abdullahi Maje, confirmed that about 10 persons are missing
He said: “The flood, I think, started around 12 midnight till this morning (Sunday) and affected more than 100 houses around Suleja local Government Area apart from Tafa local Government Area.
“There are about 10 missing persons within Suleja, that the flood took away. Three bodies have been found, we are still searching for the remaining persons, dead or alive.
“We made a call to the Federal government through NEMA. They responded quickly and came to Suleja and also the state management agency came in from Minna this morning (Sunday),” he said.
The District Police Officer in-charge of Division ‘A’ Police station in Suleja, Mr. Mohammed Mohammed, could not confirm the casualty figure but said his men had visited the flood scenes.
“The flood affected many people who built their houses along the river bank; many houses have been destroyed with unconfirmed number of deaths recorded.
“Police are providing security around the scene so that hoodlums will not cart away victims’ property especially those lying outside,” he said.