There is drama on Tuesday in Oyo town, Oyo State as a 100-year-old Odan tree that reportedly fell on Monday evening and killed about four persons had risen up again within 24 hours.
The residents of the town were in awe when they allegedly discovered that an old tree had risen mysteriously.
Newsflash Nigeria had reported that four persons were feared killed, and another seriously injured when an ancient majestic ‘Odan’ tree fell during heavy rainfall in Saabo area of Oyo town in Oyo State.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the tree provided shelter for butchers, drivers, and commercial motorcycle operators at a popular foodstuff market in Oyo town.
Those affected were people who took shelter under the tree during the rainfall.
A female student of the Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo, a woman with a baby strapped to her back and a boy she was holding were pulled out from under the tree.
According to Akeebu Alarape, chairman of Saabo market, the tree was said to be around for about 100 years.
Alarape said four different sawyers who were called to cut the tree did not succeed until a fifth was able to cut parts of it for a rescue operation to begin.
Akeem Ojo, head of operations, Amotekun, in Atiba local council development area (LCDA), said the incident occurred around 6 pm on Monday.
But the residents were surprised that the fallen tree whose branches had been hewn, mysteriously rose back on Tuesday.
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Sources told our reporter that the Odan tree, which was uprooted by violent wind during a downpour on Monday, was back standing firmly rooted to the ground where it had been uprooted a day earlier.
In photos and videos which were circulated online, the root of the tree was visibly uprooted, while the trunk was lying on the ground.
The branches were also cut off, but the trending photos and videos show that the tree was allegedly firmly rooted on the ground though there were no leaves on it and the branches that had been cut off were not attached to the trunk.
The alleged bizarre sight had turned the scene to a tourist attraction as residents trooped to the place to see the reported wonder.
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, was said to have gone to the scene to commiserate with the families of the people who died when the tree fell on its victims.
The monarch’s media aide, Bode Durojaye, when contacted on the phone, told our correspondent that the king went to the scene to commiserate with the bereaved families and to see the alleged wonder.
Durojaye said, “He went there. The fallen tree rose back again mysteriously. Kabiyesi condoled with the people there over the sad incident.”
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