Rivers: Senate looks into mysterious deaths on Bonny Island

The Senate has mandated its Committee on Health (Primary and Communicable Disease) to meet with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) following reports of mysterious deaths recorded in Bonny Island, Rivers State.

The upper chamber while urging the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide life materials to the people of Bonny Island, mandated the Committee on Environment to meet with the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) to ensure the reduction of marine pollution of all kinds.

These formed part of resolutions reached by the Senate following consideration of a motion on the urgent need to intervene in the mysterious deaths in Bonny Island.

The sponsor of the motion, Betty Apiafi lamented that in the last week of March 2020, “there were incidents of large quantities of dead fish around the Bonny-Andoni shores and several other coastal communities along the Atlantic shoreline in the Niger Delta region stretching from Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Akwa Ibom and Ondo States.”

According to the lawmaker, “less than six weeks later, mysterious deaths have been occurring in Bonny Island in Rivers State and is reported to have claimed about 13 (thirteen) lives.”

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