Oct 27, 2013 – Earthquake Hits Osun State Nigeria – Ikeji Ile Villagers Narrate Ordeal

Olobeide,
a village in Ikeji- Ile, Osun State was recently hit by an explosion
that sent old and young scampering to safety. Two months after residents
of the rocky community are yet to get over the scare. Taiwo  Abiodun 
reports.

The cock had just crowed at 3 o’clock on September 23, a
Monday. The farmers and the traders who mainly dominate this town knew
at once that they should be getting ready to set out for the day’s work.
Seconds later came a massive explosion. The earth shook, the houses
vibrated. No one could have missed the impact.

By now everyone
had woken up, asking the nearest person what was happening. There was no
precise answer, only gesticulations that indicated nothing.

In
twos and threes, the panicked residents stepped out of their houses to
ascertain what had happened. What they saw next would only confuse them
and terrify them the more: water gushing from the top of the rocks and
cascading down. Trees were uprooted and flung away, some over 100
meters. Food and cash crops were not spared.

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There was no need
for further probing; the race for survival had begun. Some fled into the
bush: some just kept running, to nowhere in particular. Some were
practically unclad. Mothers reached for their children, all screaming
and running at the same time.

The explosion had blasted off the
top of the rock, leaving a huge opening through which the water gushed
out. The base of the rock was littered with gravel.

Olobeide
village has 12 mud houses and about 200 inhabitants who are chiefly
farmers. It is nearly three kilometers from Ikeji- Ile. The town is
surrounded by rocks which seem to be competing for space with one
another.

A resident, Pa Oladiti Isaiah Ajayi, said of the
explosion:”It was in the early morning around 3.00 am on September 23
when we heard a deafening explosion that sounded:’graagra gbagbagba
gborogodo gba, ya, ya, ya, yooo.’ It was terrible, it woke us all up!

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“And
then we heard the sound of flood rushing down on us. We started running
helter-skelter. In the morning we all went to look round but lo and
behold there was a wide range of a big gulf with uprooted trees flung
away.”

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