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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Ancient tree falls in Imo State, kills over 50 people

An ancient tree (believed by some to be a tree of the gods) fell on Thursday May 16th, killing over 50 people at Umudagu Mbieri, Mbaitoli in Imo State. The Osisi Ukwu Uko, which has been in existence for over 200 years, fell during heavy rainstorm around 8pm Thursday night, collapsing on buildings, people selling their wares and customers buying good in a market under the tree. Those who didn't die lost body parts and are being treated at the hospital.

People in the community had for many years called for the removal of the tree over safety concerns but the community elders refused to chop the tree down arguing that it was an  ancestral landmark.

Some people in the village are speculating that the gods occupying the tree were angry with the villages over something and decided to strike. Urm, OK! See more photos after the cut...



(Photo source: Vanguard)

110 comments:

Okonkwo Emmanuel said...

Wonders shall never end

BLOGLORD said...

tragic! terrible! unbelievable!

Emmanuel Effiong said...
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BONARIO NNAGS said...

May their souls rest in peace

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

bee said...

Aaaaah jehovah dis is serious.all dis superstition sef.what is ancestral landmark.it just ignorance that killed them.in dis modern age some people are still deceiving there sef.tree that dey ought to av cut off before now.see how big d tree is.may d soul of d dead ones rest in peace and may allah save our soul

Emmanuel Effiong said...

Hehehehe... Funny tinz happening in 9ja...

Alicia says... said...

This is the neighboring local government to mine. What are all these things happening in my beloved area? Na waaa.
Ignorance is still alive and thriving.

bellani said...

Blood of Jesus

Anonymous said...

Wonders shall never end...may God help us!

Anonymous said...

The villagers should make sure they pour enough acid on the remain of the tree so dat it will never grow. Again. Ati kekere la tin pa eka iroko, tori to ba dagba tan Ebo ni yio ma gba.

Anonymous said...

Why don't we stop believing in this small gods and face the real one u said they offended nothg like tht it's God himself that go against this that is Africans problem expecially Naija and South Africa may there soul rest in peace ooo what a life

SIMPLE BABY said...

3 equally spaced wrought iron truss supports at the base of the tree would have averted this calamity. There is no way the gods would have removed those and dropped the tree on a market. Here's just another indicator of a comatose state apparatus. RIP

★★PRINCE CHARMING™★★ said...

Wonders they say shall never end! That's the more reason all these deity worship shouldn't be mixed with civilisation, such a tree should have been removed long ago and those lives would have been saved. RIP to those that died.

Oge Okoro said...

OMG,please God have mercy on your children

mona said...

Hmmmm smthg sinister....

kikky said...

Hahahaha!the gods are dead!

Ben Emmy said...

This is one big fetish.... That is what you get when you make a pact with the devil..... I seldom believe these things but I tell you most solemnly this is not ordinary....

Prodigy1 said...

Wow! This is a big tree #Avatar

Prodigy1 said...

Wow! This tree is seriously big #Avatar

Ben Emmy said...

May the souls of the dead rest in peace......

Anonymous said...

Signs of d end time.
Repent for d kingdom of God is at hand.
All of dis is vanity upon vanity.
Amanda Reggie

Anonymous said...

Whoa! Which kain tree? Abami ..

Anonymous said...

First to comment...wat a sad story

Anonymous said...

Now dat d tree is down killing pple,i hope dat dose evil elders will b hapi bcos if they ve chop off d tree down b4 now this culd not ve happened,fetish pple turn to God now for deliverance.

ExoticEyez MiMi said...

Lindiway you slacked on this news naaaa, maybe you were waiting to verify it or so.

Anonymous said...

oh GOd!! How i wish i was born in d times of jesus existance on earth, i would have leave dis earth for long n be relaxing in heaven now,,,,,,kai, bcos dis sad news n uncomfortable environment in nigeria is pissing me off....rip to d lost once, n d injured once, i wish u guys speedy recovery....

Anonymous said...

The Lord is Good#sumbdy pls shout all d time

sandra said...

Nawa! What kinda storm brought down this big tree?? Ok! The elders who refused cutting the tree should sue the rains or the storm... Odikwa egwu! To think that in this 21st century when people are turning to God,some still believe inhe efficacy of an ancient tree

Oby Azike said...

What a tragedy! Rest in peace people

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Anonymous said...

Or the tree was weak at the roots and it eventually caved under the pressure

Sayo said...

Jeez...dey shld sue dose elders...d disaster cld v bin avertd. May deir souls ripp

healthy eating tips said...

So pathetic, may their soul rest in peace. So many superstitious belief. The tree is huge and a threat to humans staying around it. At times, this kind of belief system makes some people not to use our brain.

soladunn said...

Dis is very serious. May their souls RIP

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juganut said...

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. D gods must b angry ko! D gods r not smilin ni! Hahahahaha...

Anonymous said...

What kind of stupid ancient,how can people still be living wit dis kind of thoughts @ dis time. I think d elders should be held responsible for dis calamity. Bad news has been coming out from Imo state idi oma. May God clans d land. May dre souls rest in peace. Amen

Anonymous said...

Guess they will like to remove d remaining part of d tree after collecting innocent soul. Na only God knw y they refuse to remove em since.

Souljagurl said...

Eyaa, sad fa.Ok, shebi now no ancestral landmark n lives r lost. dem elders wil b hapier abi?

curvy ZO said...

Go to church, no.

Allow civilisation into ur villages, no.


C wat ignorance caused?....may dey RIP.....

Anonymous said...

Sad! I imagine d tree was huge.

Anonymous said...

Linda na 26 persons I see for Tv Oo°˚˚˚°! ... My husband who isn't a superstious person was tempted to belive the story about the God's being resposible for the falling of the tree! Lol. May they rest in peace!

Anonymous said...

Smh.....

Jess Ann said...

What a tragedy..so sad

Anonymous said...

Beyonce and Rihanna will know no good.#angry#

Anonymous said...

May de blood of those innocent victims remain a curse to de generation of those wicked elders

ijeoma ogbonna said...

Dats what happened and some people now believe its sometin fetish.although its possible dat some of d villagers believe in and worship d tree.

Anonymous said...

May Der soul rip. **yaya neji**

Anonymous said...

Yeparipa tinz. RIP

SOUTHERN BLOG BUG said...

Damn!! Too many awkward things happening in Imo state lately. God plz save ur people.

Anonymous said...

Oh my wooooorld.ukwu uko?
I grew up arround there.that tree was so massive.my mum confirmed it and one of her friends lost her mother inlaw that has a shop around there.so so sad.
May their souls rest in d bossom of d lord n wishing d wounded quick recovery.
Terribly weeping.

Anonymous said...

Those evil elders know wat they were doing, they wanted to take the life of innocent pple for sacrifice. All these villagers sef and their secret demonic rituals!

~prodigy07~ said...

the gods are tired of life inside the tree,all they want now is a luxurious home.bt jokes apart a tree killing 50 people,ds is unbelievable nd really sad if it's true,bt wh kind tree be that.

~prodigy07~ said...

the gods are tired of life inside the tree,all they want now is a luxurious home.bt jokes apart a tree killing 50 people,ds is unbelievable nd really sad if it's true,bt wh kind tree be that.

IRENE BERNARDS said...

OYIBO

Anonymous said...

Can u imagine 50 people gone bcos of one yeye deity, long hiss. May their soul rest in peace!empress

Alicia says... said...

What is funny here? Insensitive idiot

Alicia says... said...

Christianity is not the real God or religion! Nigerians wake up from your sleep and stop being slaves!
Shame on Africans for praying to a "white" Jesus

Anonymous said...

Funny???? Pple died and u call it funny. Regardless of d ignorance in play, u dnt kal an event in which even one lyf lost funny.na wa for u

Alicia says... said...

The comments here show that Nigerians are still ignorant mental slaves to the white man's religion a.k.a christianity. If you still believe in that crap in the 21st centaury, then you are just as ignorant as the people that believe the tree belongs to sacred gods.
Wake up! Have you noticed its the most religious countries that are stagnant while the western world is moving forward. Nigerians are more Christians than the Christians themselves. That religion was brought for the sole reason of enslaving and colonizing Africa.
You lot better wake up, denounce that religion, and take your country back.
And anyone that curses me, back to you a million times.

BIG FISH * said...

Its a Pity this happened..My Wife is from Mbeiri and alot as been said abt the tree at my 1st visit to the village market... The mystery abt this happening is that last week a Mad Man who stayed under the tree as early warned them that something bad will happen and they should not come to market on Thursday... but they turned deaf ear... So sad so say that the tree was Possessed by Demons and Witches and Wizard use it for meetings... The falling of the tree Mark no SOUND when coming down, jst like an earthquake...
I PITY AlL THIS OUR OYIBO BORN that do not believe in mystic powers, Nobody to blame, we should all thank God for The Falling of this EVIL TREE, But the tragic is that THE EVIL TREE refuse to Go Down ALONE... MAY THEIR SOUL REST IN PEACE
"STILL WATCHING FROM MY OCEAN

Anonymous said...

Very true, the last time they tried to cut ukwu uko down itnwas bring out human blood. Now finally its down such a big tree we didnt sleep all tru d nyt busy rescuing human beings,may der sould rest in peace.its an unforgetable story in our community

Anonymous said...

The gods have spoken !!!!!!

Osas said...

The kind of evil fins dat happen in dat imo state is too gross n alarming. RIP

Anonymous said...

This is a warning to the people of Awaka in owerri north LG. There is another big tree in their village.

Anonymous said...

Wats funny about pple lossing their lives. U re a simpleton and btw,its Nigeria nt naija

Enoh Nsisong Moses said...

ewo

Anonymous said...

U must be very silly, how is dis story very funny to you

somadina obi said...

OMG! This is horrible.....

Angelic said...

Chei Amadioha don kill pple #sad face

Anonymous said...


Na wa for LIB readers oh, wetin come concern Beyonce and Rihanna for inside dis one now?
Aro tinz...

Anonymous said...

Gal 2 2k it outta my mouth since thursday nyt dat same nyt got d news no pics I cudnt mail u. M frm a neighbourin village Amankuta Mbieri dat tree is really BIG! A lot of sacrifices and stufss hapun there sha, okada pples chill in d bck part while there's a smol mini market @ d front. Please it didn't fill up 2 50 pple oh lolz anoda site said 200 lmao hw many pple come market plus it hapund in d nyt. D number of pple dat die didnt pass 20 pple @ most and only lady d tree fell on her feet dey cudnt move d tree and d feet was suposed 2 b damaged so dey used shovel 2 chop her leg frm her damaged feet unda d tree, d lady is alive tkin medication @ FMC owerri jst her so ur 'body parts' int corekt, anoda pregnant woman a branch hit her waist and broke it and some nasty oda injuries sha my dad said wen dey were little dat his fada died and dey returned home dat tree was there and was dat big he said his fada had tales abt dat tree, dat tress is so fuckin old..... God help us

odobo grace said...

Which one is funny? The people that lost their lives or the pathethic chair u are sitting on.

ogbulafor obi ogbunigwe said...

The wood go move market o

Anonymous said...

Errr ok so what's funny about a tree falling and killing over 50 people...*eyes rolling*

Anonymous said...

Sad

Anonymous said...

How is it funny?

Anonymous said...

The gods are wise! May their soul rest in peace

Vicky said...

This Village is next to Mine.. Will be traveeling home over the week though.. So will see it well wen going home.. And I thank God that mummy didn't stop over to buy something that day as she normally does when coming back from work most evening.. Glory to God

achmed junior said...

I guess this the 8th wonders of the world, one blow 50 death..well, may their souls rip

Evie Daniels said...

Why did the tree not kill family members of the community elders, or the elders themselves... That would have been fair.. Stupid goats and their backward tradition..

rosy kay said...

Aka God,safe ur children and guide them at all times.*being @ d right place @ d wrong time* may d souls of d departed rest in peace and may those @ d hospital receive quick recovery ijna!

corlia gudia said...

may d souls of d dead RIP, Africans so much believe in ancestral spirits, and God's angry wit Africa, dt's why we are backward

Anonymous said...

200 years; that is old enough to get uprooted under heavy rain and storm; their is nothing miraculous about this. Nigerians must stop attaching every event to miracles, gods, demons etc; please people wake up from your slumber!

Anonymous said...

Hahahahahahahahhaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahhahahahahai swear u no get sense! Lwkmd. Wetin concern beyonce and rihanna 4 ds mata?

Anonymous said...

Enuf of dis nonsense of blamin d so called gods 4 any manner of avoidable tragedy.we should wake up 4rm our mentally induced ignorance & apathy,d pple dat died if d true are d price we hav 2 pay 4 not wakin up 4rm dis our lethargy called CULTURE

elo said...

Firstly, the elders didn't refuse to cut the tree for fetish purposes, they refused to cut it cos it was a LANDMARK, like a tourist attraction for y'all who don't knw what that means, makes sense too, after all a good share of nigeria's money comes from tourism,
Now its sad indeed that people had to die, and I grieve their loss, but people talking about the elders should calm down and think it over, the tree prolly served the villagers, meetings, traditional marriages and such were prolly held under it, reason along that line

Anonymous said...

jesus christ is the only redeemer, nonsense gods wey stay on top tree looool

Anonymous said...

The ancestral tree is located close to a market, sure is a popular spot since few villages in Mbieri must pass through there..........The tree roots has continued to decay for many years, and the slight wind blow may have contributed to the fall of the tree.... Chie, this is "AGBRA" at work....a deity per say.

Eugenia Ekeji said...

How can a giant tree remove itself from τ̣̣ђё root. Another tragic in Imo, this one happened right close to ♏Ɣ village. 1ders shall never end.

Eugenia Ekeji said...

Sometime ago, some pple who tried cutting down τ̣̣ђё branches of this same tree all died, that was another reason it was decided to be left alone. No one is to be blamed please LIB readers.

Alicia says... said...

Mental slave. Better wake up from your slumber. Jesus was created and is just as fictional as these gods. And before you come at me with any BS, please do your research.

Anonymous said...

Be careful what u say!

Elvis Iwuamadi said...

comatose state u mean? U r ignorant 4 sayin dat!

Anonymous said...

God use that to proof to them that he is the only almighty God no other not their stupid god

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Anonymous said...

Same thing I said o. That state needs serious cleansing o. Ritual killings, kidnapping at its peak, baby-making factory, headquaters of prostitution in West Africa, deputy gov impeached, car rammed into the Governor's car & injured him, now evil tree kills 50 ppl kwa, Hia!. . . Always on the news for all the wrong reason. Imo state is quite a handful o.

Anonymous said...

What kind of world are we in

Milamila Austine said...

@ Alicia u have already cursed ur self by saying we should not blieve in God, the white men country u are say, are they corrupt the way our leader corrupts?, they love themself care for their citizen, they are not self centered, they planned 4 the next generation.was it the white man told them not to cut the tree? are u going to tell me if they have such trees where they knew dat it can affect life and properties and they would'nt cut it? . So u are not intelegent at all

Anonymous said...

Abi o...

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karina tackleberry said...

You have injured my eyes with your bad English

ijeoma ogbonna said...

Chineke,what have they got to do with d tree?or they follow for d witches and wizards dat have their meetings on d tree??I dont believe dat crap about d tree being evil.it was just weak at d roots and fell

Anonymous said...

May der souls rest in peace,Amen!

Anonymous said...

Anon May 19, 2013 at 10:19 AM; Imo State as the HQ of prostitution in West Africa? If you don't have the figures to back up your ignorant view shut the fuck up. I will even put Benin and Lagos before Imo State. Anuofia.

Alicia says... said...

Please learn to read and write, thank you.

Adedoyin Hamidah said...

Obey God,pray,worship no.everything is about life.what?hw come the village fathers or tree worshipers didnt see it was going to fall. anyway may their soul rest in peace.This is to tell us that God is powerful and can command anything we think we have powers on.

hamidah said...

Obey God,pray,worship no.everything is about life.what?hw come the village fathers or tree worshipers didnt see it was going to fall. anyway may their soul rest in peace.This is to tell us that God is powerful and can command anything we think we have powers on.

Anonymous said...

Africa is indeed a Dark Continent! Still wallowing in ignorance, hence causing its people undue pain and death. It is just a tree for crying out loud! Cut it down and nothing will happen. People should wake up and let light come into Africa. Na wao. Hope the so called were caught in this destruction.

uche maxwell said...

So tragic & unfortunate. May their souls rest in peace ..

Anonymous said...

Dis is Act of God....nothing more.
just a neighboring community 4rm mine. RIP 2 d dead..

Anonymous said...

Hmmm RIP

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