- There have been worries over mysterious deaths in Bonny Island in Rivers state
- Senate on Tuesday, June 9, ordered an immediate probe into the incident
- Governor Nyesom Wike said the health crisis in Bonny local government area indicated that the area was becoming the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic
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Following mysterious deaths on Bonny Island in Rivers state after no fewer than 13 persons died, the Senate on Tuesday, June 9, launched a probe into the ugly incident.
The Nation reports that the upper legislative chamber directed its committee on primary healthcare and communicable diseases to meet with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to unravel the cause of the deaths.
Legit.ng gathered that the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, said the health crisis in Bonny local government area indicated that the oil-rich island was becoming the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor expressed delight that the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and ExxonMobil collaborated to set up a COVID-19 treatment centre in the council.
The Senate also urged the federal ministry of humanitarian affairs and disaster management, through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), to provide relief materials to Bonny Island residents.
According to her, in the last week of March, there were incidents of dead fishes around the Bonny-Andoni shores and other coastal communities along the Atlantic shoreline in the Niger Delta, stretching from Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Akwa Ibom to Ondo states.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Plateau state was hit by what appeared to be a mysterious death after about 50 people were said to have died and buried in various cemeteries within three weeks.
It was reported that the incident, which came amid the COVID-19 crisis, has now plunged the authorities of Jos North local government area of the state into palpable fear.
Shehu Bala Usman, chairman of the local government where the incident occurred, said the community, amid other top measures, opened death register in all the cemeteries.
He confirmed the mysterious death in the community and stated that corpses can no longer be buried without following the protocol again.
Usman said the authorities of the local government will compare the figure to the previous one.
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