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Strange Epidemic in Ondo Community: Chief Says Death of 28 is Due to Wrath of gods



Shrine at the Sacred Forest, Oshogbo, Nigeria, West Africa

BN brought you the news of the unidentified disease ravaging the Ode-Irele community in Ondo State which left 28 people dead in three days.

High Chief, Moses Enimade, the Oyewoga of Ode Irele in Ondo State, says the deaths were caused by sacrilege done to Molokun, god of the land.

Enimade stated this during an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Irele on Saturday.

He debunked the rumour that the deaths were caused by a strange disease or Ebola virus.

According to Enimade, some stubborn youths broke into the inner room of Molokun Shrine on April 15.

“Molokun is a deity of the land, only the Chief Priest and High Chief Gboguron are qualified to enter the shrine,” he said.

The chief said the youths entered the shrine and made away with traditional items in a bid to acquire extra-ordinary powers and engage in money ritual.

“They were not qualified to enter the room (shrine). They had to face death penalty,” he said.

The Oyewoga said he could not remember the last time Malokun or any other gods had to strike like this in the area.

According to him, there is no community or town without its own culture and tradition; what happened in Irele is the judgement of the gods on stubborn youths.

“Even the Kabiesi himself is not permitted to enter the Molokun Shrine’s inner room except the Chief Priest and High Chief Gboguron. Sacrifice must be performed before they can enter. Because these youths want to be rich at all costs, they entered the sacred place and made away with traditional items and 20 of them have died as a result of their desperate acts, We have to appease the gods or else many will still die and we have to bury them according to tradition. Their corpses belong to the gods and will be exhumed if buried by their families,’’ he said.

He restated that the deaths were not caused by diseases or ebola as widely speculated.  He emphasized that the death caused by Molokun is characterised by severe headache and blindness, which are the symptoms experienced by victims of the strange disease.

“Proverbs 29:1 in the Bible says: ‘he that had been reproved and hardened his neck shall suddenly be destroyed without remedy; so youths of nowadays must be careful,'” Enimade said.

Some residents who spoke with NAN appealed to the chief priest to make necessary atonement to avert calamity in the town.

They said news of the deaths had given the town and state a bad name.

A resident, Sheed Osuolale said he was afraid when the news broke.

Similarly, Esther Bantefa said the news had given the town and the state a bad name adding that the chief priest should as a matter of urgency perform necessary rituals.

“Our people in Lagos and other towns called us to get information if it was Ebola outbreak’’, she said.

Tayo Akinyelure advised that parents should warn their children against going near shrines.

“Many youths do not believe in all these traditions and customs. It is high time parents warned their children against committing sacrilege’’, she said.

Photo Credit: (*Photo is for illustrative purposes only*)


  1. bruno

    April 18, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    proverbs ke? nigerians make me laugh. so u are combining traditional worshipping with the bible. smh

    a proper autopsy can tell us what this people died of.
    hope its not ebola, minister for health u better investigate this situation before it gets out of hand.

  2. Seriously

    April 18, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Really? Chiefs, obas, gods whatever you are, keep your superstition beliefs to yourselves. It’s high level of ignorance. I recall, some Africans claiming Ebola was from the gods punishing folks. And this same virus was killing people if you don’t take preventive measures. This backward mindset is killing Nigeria, and detriment to it’s progress.

    I hope the health system is looking deep into the sudden death of 28 people and find the cause of it. It’s definitely some type of medical virus from foods, water or environment.

  3. ogo

    April 18, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Let them run to the Mountain of fire Ministry.

  4. Eniola/ Ms Catwalq

    April 18, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    I actually worry that it might be Smallpox or Chickenpox. Remember that many of these shrines have catacombs were artifacts dating back to centuries are kept and might have fossilised. Now, these tomb-raider wannabes have exposed themselves to an epidemic all for a quick buck.
    Poverty ehn!!!

    • thisguy

      April 20, 2015 at 12:04 am

      it might be something like mutated simian hemorrhagic fever

  5. Mr Akpata

    April 18, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    thousands of professional are talking on right now,come and let debate..

  6. Temilade

    April 18, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Lesson for others to learn from.

  7. #iamhe#

    April 18, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    For me they are just looking for cheap popularity. How can they fold their hands knowing fully well what’s killing their people.when will they get the so called ritual over with? Is it till more people dies and are contaminated? Am sure by then it will have another name and explanations. God have mercy.

  8. Mulan

    April 18, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Why do I have a feeling that this could be a SMALLPOX outbreak, although it is an eradicated disease it is believed that some laboratories still have samples of the virus possibly for biological weaponry in the feature. In Nigeria smallpox was/is referred to as SHOPONO (they even attributed it to a god) and it is believed that scrapings from infected persons were socked in portions for years in some shrines where they can be used to infect other people that explains why some herbalists in some Yoruba movies say they can send SHOPONO to kill somebody.
    Although symptoms take up to 12 days to manifest, who knows if the all these people had contact with the virus weeks ago, the symptoms reported are similar and if the pictures posted on Linda ikeji earlier today are of the actual victims, there is trouble oooooo ……………..Just saying.

  9. goodiebagman

    April 18, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Lol, I can’t believe this. So with these facts that have been presented, you guys still don’t believe in the existence of our own African science? Ok, if they born your FADA well, go to Ode-Irele and enter that shrine! Then I will really know that you don’t believe.

    • Becca

      April 19, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      Not sure if serious.

  10. me

    April 19, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Abi ooo if you don’t believe go and enter. Culture remains, for get all these civilization.

  11. BB

    April 19, 2015 at 7:14 am

    So this your “deity” was around when the Europeans came to invade African to take way people as slaves and it couldn’t fight?? About 5 centuries thereafter your deity is “fighting” its own subjects!! Crass stupidity!!! When are we going to be free from mental slavery in Africa???? When??

  12. Lola Carey

    April 19, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    @BB..dats why them say make u visit d shrine abi na yourself!don’t come here and be forming I am European.

  13. tunmi

    April 19, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I love my people ehn. In matter of today’s world there are two cases here: the deaths and theft of the traditional materials. I can’t wait for this autopsy. I’m thinking meningitis or cephalitis.

  14. BB

    April 19, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    @Lola Carey: I am not ignorant, may be you are so you can go and visit the deity yourself. If in 21st you still believe in a deity that can’t move from one location to another (unless carried) and the chief priest still needs to put oil on its face in a technology age when another human race is making drones and robots that can almost do as much as human, then you need to purge yourself of ignorance. Wait till white man comes to diagnose the cause of death thereat Ode Irele for you and invent the drugs to cure it at exhobitant costs like ebola. And oh ! It is a matter of time before some 419 pastors in naija catch in on people ignorance and fear to sell anointing water for the cure!! It is all about ignorance. Crap!!!

  15. Sunshine

    April 19, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    WHO has already identied the cause of death to pesticides “herbicides”

  16. jades

    April 19, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    why are all naija guys forming tush and over civilized, guy leave matter am born and breded in lagos, but still on still i never joke with traditional stuff, do you think the chieves and oba in this town are illiterates, we all know how doctors and professors now become kings in various town and still they obey some traditional rites and deeds of the town they head, dont mess with stuff you dont know it genesis, some of this gods still have this demon leaving in them, this isnt about technology or civilization, even the so called whites who brought about civilization still come down here to africa to buy african articraft, gods, and oracles, do anyone know what they are being used for, am a christian but still i dont mess with cultural heritage, traditional belief or rites of other people, it better we wait and see

    • Becca

      April 19, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      Loool people are actually serious! So cray, you know this ish is about as real as father christmas & the tooth fairy.

    • bruno

      April 19, 2015 at 11:03 pm

      u forgot to mention the easter bunny.

  17. walebb

    April 20, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Abeg change ur pix dat was Osun osogbo shrine not Ondo, bfor osogbo people come for u.

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