Panic in Makurdi over ‘talk­ing’ chicken

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

Res­i­dents of Makurdi, cap­i­tal of Benue state yes­ter­day pan­icked as a story spread that a chicken be­ing taken to mar­ket for sale sud­denly started speak­ing in Ara­bic.

Res­i­dents around the ‘A’ di­vi­sion po­lice sta­tion be­side Wa­data Mar­ket, Makurdi fled in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions over as news of the mys­tery spread.

Daily Trust gath­ered that the in­ci­dent hap­pened at about 12 noon around the Wa­data cen­tral mosque premises lo­cated few me­ters from the di­vi­sional po­lice sta­tion.

A woman in the area who gave her name as Aishetu said “I have not seen the chicken my­self,” she con­fessed. “I heard that po­lice have taken it into cus­tody and that is why the sta­tion is so crowded. Ev­ery­body wants to see it talk,” she said.

The in­ci­dent ini­tially cre­ated a tense at­mos­phere for mo­torists ply­ing the route as they hur­riedly re­versed to the op­po­site di­rec­tion while buy­ers and sell­ers in the mar­ket ran hel­ter-skel­ter for safety fear­ing it was a re­newed hos­til­ity be­tween farm­ers and herds­men who ceased fire barely a week ago.

Our cor­re­spon­dent who ob­served the con­fu­sion that en­sued from the Daily Trust Makurdi of­fice near the po­lice sta­tion re­ports that the po­lice­men threw can­is­ter to dis­perse the crowd who re­turned few min­utes later de­ter­mined to see for them­selves.

How­ever, spokesman of the po­lice, SP. Daniel Ezeala dis­missed the claims say­ing “How can a fowl talk’” he queried. “There is noth­ing like that be­cause it is un­nat­u­ral for an­i­mals to talk. It is the hand­i­work of mis­chief mak­ers who wanted to dis­place traders and loot their wares in the mar­ket,” Ezeala said.

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