Whether it’s a true story or hoax, the dust is yet to settle over the incident which rendered Buea into a state of extreme confusion and disorder.
Some 15 people, including 6 students, have been arrested and remanded into custody at the judicial police station in Buea in connection with the wide spread rumour of a man who allegedly transformed into a python and swallowed a girl in his hotel room.
The incident which occurred early Saturday transformed the South West capital of Buea into a pandemonium. Traffic was paralyzed for hours between the Mile 17 Motor Park and Molyko as an irate crowd thronged the hotel venue wanting to forcefully get into the hotel to have the python killed.
Police sources are convergent the suspects in custody maybe charged with attempted looting of the hotel and/or destructions as they resisted to desert the scene of the incident despite request by administrative officials including security forces of the Buea Mobile Intervention Unit, 2nd District Police post in Molyko and the Gendarmerie squadron.
The suspects, due to be presented to the State Counsel, were rounded up amidst confrontations between the forces of law and order and the irate crowd around the hotel arena. Calm and traffic flow was successfully restored only after police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd on the Mile 17 Motor Park and Molyko stretch of road. State owned daily, Cameroon Tribune reported on Monday that the chaos left some persons with injuries including a Police officer of the GMI Buea who sustained a head injury from a stone.
The Divisional Officer of Buea, Paul Wakam Kouam, the deputy State Counsel of Buea, Magistrate John Njonjo, the first Deputy Mayor of Buea, Emmanuel Motomby Mbome, who rushed to the scene have all assured that nothing strange was discovered in the hotel following an inspection of the rooms.
Doctored photos in circulation
Meanwhile, since the hotel-python scandal break on Saturday, photos of a very big python swallowing a girl have been circulating on the internet and in Molyko, but the veracity of their authenticity remains doubtful as no one has declared haven taken the snap shots in the said hotel.
The said pictures are believed to have been collected from a website jam-packed with scary images (http://scary-pictures.feedio.net/). The pictures are believed to be doctored because the wall and floor of the room in question has nothing in common with those of the hotel where the incident occurred.
The management of the hotel has maintained that the whole saga is a rumour. Agbor Smith, the hotel Manager believes it is a calculated sabotage by his competitors. However, popular opinions hold that the dust is yet to settle over the incident as they clinch on the old adage “there is no smoke without fire.”
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