Ebola: Migrant bats return to Benin

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Aug 16th, 2014
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Migrant bats have started to return to Benin City, the Edo State capital few weeks after the outbreak of the Ebola virus.

The bats which nested in their thousands on trees at the Oba of Benin palace and surrounding trees around the city centre are also a delicacy for some persons.

It was learnt that the bats started returning last week.

A photographer, Stephen Idoni, runs a shop at the premises of the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre. The shop is under a tree currently housing thousands of bats.

Stephen told the Nation that the bats used to nest at what is now known as Ugbowo but said the bats have now moved to the city centre.

He said he was not afraid of contacting Ebola virus from the bats nesting above his shop because the bats has been a source of meat to many persons.

According to him, “Why will I be scared of these bats? I am too loaded with the Holy Spirit to contact Ebola. Ebola is an international witchcraft at work.”

“It cannot happen to everybody. People used to come here to kill the bats and eat them. Those people are still alive. The white people are telling us stories. These bats started returning recently. We did not see them for some time now.”

“I think they should find out what brought Ebola. If one bat fall down now, you will see somebody coming to take it.”

Many of the bats were seen atop the tree.

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