Flood Forces Bayelsa Traditional Ruler To Sleep In Car (Pictured) ‣ Star Potter

Flood Forces Bayelsa Traditional Ruler To Sleep In Car (Pictured) ‣ Star Potter

“I’ve been sleeping in my Toyota Sienna for two weeks since the flood destroyed the palace.”

The traditional ruler of the city of Tungbo in the Sagbama Local Government Area of ​​Bayelsa State, Amos Poubinafa, is now sleeping in his car as floods have looted him from his palace.

“I’ve been sleeping in my Toyota Sienna for two weeks since the flood destroyed the palace.

“It came to knee height and made the palace uninhabitable,” Mr Poubinafa, a retired naval officer, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Tungbo on Monday.

“The car is the only safe place for me; the whole building is flooded and there is no safer place for me to sleep.

“My family has moved to Yenagoa. As a captain aboard (traditional ruler) of this ship, I cannot abandon my subjects to seek alternative abode outside the city.

“Due to my training as a naval officer, I am not expected to abandon the crew I lead in my vessel. I’m expected to be the last man standing,” he said.

Mr Poubinafa also told NAN that he suffered just as much from the 2012 floods because he was unable to leave and relocate his nationals and that the situation will be worse in 2022.

He appealed to the National Emergency Management Agency, the Bayelsa Emergency Management Agency and other well-meaning individuals to help flood victims in Tungbo city.

He also called on the federal government to build dams and dredge the Niger and Benue rivers to end perpetual flooding in parts of the country.

The Tungbo community is host to the Federal Science and Technical College, a co-educational university founded in 2002 and located on Sagbama-Tungbo Road.

Mr Poubinafa retired from the Nigerian Navy in 2002 as a lieutenant commander before becoming the supreme ruler of his community.

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