Mysterious Grass Grows as Ogun River Dries Up

A part of the popular Ogun River, which flows under the Kara Bridge around Ojodu Berger area of the state, has suddenly gone dry. Unidentified green plants are seen on the river bed while the water body has disappeared.

The Kara Cattle Market community under the bridge along the Lagos- Ibadan Expressway has become a Mecca of sorts with residents of the community and passers-by trooping to see the dried section of the river which once provided water for the nearby Kara cattle and ram market.

Road Safety officials had a hectic time getting traffic to move as inbound Lagos commuters slowed down as drivers and passengers tried to catch a glimpse of the unusual phenomenon. Before the unusual incident, the water body once served as means of transportation for canoe owners but residents say they woke up to see the channel blocked on Saturday morning.

There was initial suspicion that this could have been as a result of water hyacinth but the surface of what used to be the flowing river had become a firm ground. Some people were seen testing the solidity of the green that has taken over the waterway by walking across the river and some found it a readymade recreation ground.

Surprisingly, on the other side of the Kara Bridge, the river was seen flowing freely. Environmentalists have, however, warned that residents keep off the blocked channel for the risks of it opening up unexpectedly and advised relevant authorities to find a means of clearing the plants.

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