200-year-old Iroko tree kills 2, injures 8

On Sunday at the market square in Ifite-Dunu,  Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State a controversial 200-year-old Iroko tree fell, leaving two persons dead and injured 8 people, who were said to be receiving treatment in hospitals in the town

The Iroko tree was said to be the abode of the goddess of sands (Ajani), while its leaves and roots were reported to help fertility and quick delivery of babies.

According to an eyewitness account, they noticed a sudden vibration around the tree and raised the alarm which attracted people in the market, adding that shortly afterward, the tree collapsed and killed two persons instantly.

“It is a miracle, the collapsed Iroko tree is not for nothing, the elders of the town will consult oracles to unveil the cause,” he said.

However, the Ajani chief priest, who preferred anonymity, said he had consulted oracles, adding that the goddess had given him permission to cut down other old trees at its abode in the market.


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