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Snakes Cause Panic In Bayelsa

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Sudden appearances of snakes especially
Cobras on streets and homes in Yenagoa,
Bayelsa State capital is creating panic among
residents.

Some persons attributed the development
to consistent rainfalls and floods
experienced in many parts of the capital city.

Others, however, said the underdeveloped
nature of Yenagoa which has bushes,
unkempt canals and many undeveloped plots
of land provide safe haven for snakes and
reptiles.

Residents of the Apex Academy road of
Amarata community on Imgbi road at the
weekend were said to have discovered a
giant cobra in a vehicle and rallied round to
kill it.

One of the residents identified as Chidera,
said the cobra was discovered in a vehicle
owned by a trader.

“At about 7am, the owner of the vehicle,
Emmanuel, called an auto repairer to fix the
vehicle but discovered a large snake hiding
in the vehicle.

“The man rushed to call some residents of
the area to assist him. Some youths
gathered and killed the snake”, he said.

Another resident identified as Joshua, said
there have been movements of snakes
around the Amarata since the rainfall
started.

“Some weeks ago, I saw a huge snake at the
back of my house in the morning. Attempts
to kill the cobra failed as it was ready to
strike”, he said.

But a local snake expert, Festus Ogienwon,
advised residents to be careful while walking
at night.

He further asked people to ensure their
doors are tightly closed at all time to avoid
snakes crawling into their apartments to
hide.



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