By Emma Amaize
WARRIâ€”TheÂ panic inÂ Effurun, Delta State, over an alleged prophecy by a Lagos-based prophet that a lion would go haywire, killing its owner and a number of persons betweenÂ Tuesday and tomorrow, went to a ridiculous dimensionÂ with some private school owners and traders in the affected area shutting down their schools and businesses.
The rumour had also spread to Ughelli, where the prophet was purported to have said that there would be an earthquake, as some residents were said to be packing away.
The proprietor of Christ the King School on Jakpa Road, Effurun, was said to have declared Tuesday and Wednesday aS holiday for the pupils on the grounds that a lion was going to be on the loose.
The news is actually everywhere in Warri and Effurun and some people have said they would stay indoors tomorrow for fear of the lion.
Nobody could categorically say that the prophet mentioned any person as the owner of the lion, but the news is that a particular business man and popular politician in Jakpa area is the one that has the resources to train a lion.
Yesterday, the politician, who was rumoured to haveÂ fled to India with his children, trekked a long distance from his house to Jakpa road for people to see him and know that it was all a lie.
Some people claimed that the lion was used for money-making ritual for the man and that it was going to escape and kill the man to stop his source of money or kill other people for the man to continue to enjoy his wealth.