Confusion and severe panic has taken over residents of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital after deadly cobra snakes’ took over their area.
The Nation reports that the sudden appearances of the snakes have led some residents to flee their places of abode as the reptiles have kept on with their invasion following the consistent rainfalls and floods experienced in many parts of the capital.
Some of the affected residents at the Apex Academy road of Amarata community on Imgbi road, also discovered a giant cobra over the weekend and gathered to kill it, with one of the people simply identified as Chidera explaining what transpired.
He said: “At about 7am, the owner of the vehicle, Emmanuel, called an auto repairer to fix the vehicle but discovered a large snake hiding in the vehicle.
“The man rushed to call some residents of the area to assist him. Some youths gathered and killed the snake.”
Speaking also was another resident, Joshua, who noted that the rainfall is responsible for the unprecedented presence of snakes in the community.
According to him: “Some weeks ago, I saw a huge snake at the back of my house in the morning. Attempts to kill the cobra failed as it was ready to strike.”
Festus Ogienwon, a local snake expert has therefore appealed to residents to watch their movements at night and counseled them to ensure they close their doors tightly at night before going to bed.