Tragedy struck at Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State on Sunday when a controversial 200-year-old Iroko tree at the market square at Ifite-Dunu, in the local government area fell, leaving two persons dead.
Also, about eight other people that got injured in the incident 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.
While narrating the incident to the Nigerian Tribune, which reported the story, traders and eyewitnesses said, on the day of the incident they noticed a sudden vibration around the tree. One of the eyewitnesses, Mr John Ikeme-funa, said he raised the alarm which attracted people in the market, adding that shortly afterwards the tree collapsed and killed two persons instantly. According to him, “It is a miracle, the collapsed Iroko tree is not for nothing, the elders of the town will consult oracles to unveil the cause.”
Meanwhile, 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.