The wildlife is being transported into populated areas by rivers swollen from a month of torrential rainfall.
“There is now a hippopotamus in my house,” Benue state resident Wuese Jirake told reporters. “I hope that when it is tired, it may leave my home.”
Nigeria’s rainy season typically lasts from May to October, and this year’s has been especially wet.
Humans made homeless by the inundation are being forced to sleep in the streets and under bridges, and acute food shortages are soon likely to occur.
Photo: National Emergency Management Authority