By Esther Onyegbula

The quiet community of Ijanikin was thrown into a mini-tourist attraction as residents trooped in their numbers to catch a glimpse of a huge python that swallowed a goat. Some people later killed the snake, cut up and shared it among themselves.

Vanguard learned that the python crawled out of its hideout in a nearby swampy area into one of the compounds where they rear livestock behind former Ariton Hotel, beside Vespa Market.

The snake

After completely swallowing the goat, the python could not move out of the compound. It was then discovered and killed.

One of the residents, Yeye Modupe, told Vanguard: “The incident happened yesterday morning (Tuesday) at about 10. I was in my house preparing to go out when people started shouting.

“When I got to the scene they had already killed the snake and were about bringing the goat out of its belly.

“This snake is a small one compared to the ones that had been killed before. Snakes usually crawl out from the bushes in the swampy area.”

Another eyewitness, Adebayo, who lives in the compound where the goat was swallowed, said: “The goat is not for Salah.

“Our landlord rears animals in the compound. Nobody knew when the snake started swallowing the goat. It was after it swallowed it and couldn’t move that one of the tenants discovered it and raised the alarm.

“We thank God it wasn’t a child that it swallowed.”

Vanguard learned that after the python was killed and the goat removed from its belly, it was shared among some residents who eat snake.

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