Lawmakers: Over 50 die of ‘strange disease’ in Kogi state

Lawmakers: Over 50 die of ‘strange disease’ in Kogi state

- There is an outbreak of a strange disease in Kogi state

- A lawmaker raised the alarm during plenary in the Kogi state House of Assembly

- Authorities in the state seem not bothered about the issue

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The Kogi House of Assembly has called on state and federal ministries of health to unravel the cause of the ‘strange disease’ which has killed 50 persons in Olamaboro local government area of the state.

The House made the call at Tuesday’s plenary sitting in Lokoja following the adoption of a motion on Urgent Public Importance, raised by Honourable Anthony Ujah over the strange illness that has claimed over 50 lives.

According to the lawmaker, the unknown disease comes with symptoms such as headache, red eyes, loss of appetite, inability to urinate or defecate, convulsion, and death.

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Lawmakers: Over 50 die of ‘strange disease’ in Kogi state

Governor Bello is yet to comment publicly on the health emergency. Photo credit: @LugardHouse
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Some Nigerians on social media have been commenting on the news.

Blackie Asakoita wrote on Twitter:

“They won't even allow covid to take a bow, another has surfaced. it is well with our nation Nigeria.”

Chris Odogwu wrote:

“NCDC should quickly shift attention to Kogi state and stop trying to make Nigerians believe that there's a second wave of COVID-19 lockdown. If you are looking for a way to be relevant, forget the thought of another lockdown but help resolve other epidemics in the country.”

Interestingly, Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello visited President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, November 17, and didn't mention the disease outbreak as one of the issues he raised with the president when he addressed journalists attached to the presidential villa.

Bello said he appealed for federal government support in the areas of establishing an airport in Kogi as well as the dredging of River Niger up to Lokoja in order to boost the economy of the state and the country at large.

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The governor also expressed displeasure with news that his administration has imposed a tax on individual loaves of bread to be paid by bakeries and bread sellers in the state.

The governor had earlier denied the news making the rounds through his deputy, Chief Edward Onoja, who released a statement on the issue on Saturday, November 14.

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