The Nigerian Observer
Wed, 15 Aug 2012 14:41 CDT
Sudden emergence of a river along Shaka Avenue in Irrua, Esan Central Local Government Area of Edo State is currently causing panic amongst inhabitants of the community.
The mystery river has already destroyed several houses and farmlands on its channels.
It was gathered that the river emerged when water suddenly started gushing out from the ground.
Some residents who described the river as mysterious said they woke up to discover a river had emerged from no where.
An elderly man in the community, Mr. Stephen Ibhade told The Nigerian Observer that the area used to be a river, called "Obiemen" in the days of old.
He said due to the history of the very ground, water usually come out from the ground in small quantity, and dry up after a while.
He lamented however that the current incident was frightening as it was wreaking havoc on the community.
He suggested that the gods of the river must have been angered by current happenings in the society.
Ibhade called on government to come to the aid of the community before it causes further havoc in the community.
A youth in the community, Festus Riwo revealed that his grand-mother used to tell him tales about the river, expressing joy that he had finally experienced it.
"my grand-mother told me story about the river. She said it usually comes and goes. But this year, I'm surprised it has become a big river. I'm very happy to experience it" he said.
The secretary to the Esan Central Local Government Council, Mr. Theophilos Oseigba said the council was already making plans to inform emergency management agencies, with a view to arresting the situation.
Meanwhile, the area has become a tourist attraction with people thronging to catch glimpse of the mystery river, even as children have started taking advantage of the rare opportunity to swim in the mystery river.