Over the years, there have been stories of some strange beings suddenly appearing from the constellations to planet earth with some unexplainable objects faster than human jets. Recently, one of such appeared in one of the villages in Bauchi State. The villagers narrated this strange sight to Greg Odogwu and Mukhtar Lawal Suleiman
In what appeared to be a first time in recorded history, the nearest in semblance to the global paranormal phenomenon of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO), also known as flying saucer, was sighted in Nigeria.
The place was a border village called Dulali, in Lanzai South Ward, Darazo Local Government of Bauchi State. Saidu Meshai Dulali, a popular hot tea brewer in the village, just finished his morning prayer at the Mosque and was stoking up the local stove for his day’s work.
Suddenly, he became aware of a pervading bright light enveloping the atmosphere, followed by a sudden realisation that the heavens were falling on the village. As he looked up at the encroaching sky, he saw the most amazing view of his forty years existence. According to him, “There appeared a wide, large mass of something that looked like a cloud from nowhere and it was flying slowly over the village just at the height of an average tree.
“The cloud was transparent and I saw beautiful tall buildings inside it, with tarred roads and cars. It was like a flying city. And from it I could hear the sound of machines making noise just as you would hear at Ashaka cement factory.”
If Saidu were the only witness of this extraordinary experience, it would have been impossible to take his testimony as a fact. But we discovered that the ‘flying city’ was witnessed by almost all the villagers, hundreds of them, the Chief Imam of the sole village Mosque inclusive. Children and adults all saw and corroborated the story.
Dauda Mohammed, a farmer, narrated how he saw it from the open field where he went to pick up an implement he left the previous day. He said that when he looked up and saw how the floating object was moving slowly round the village, he was so surprised, but not scared. He said he saw the colour of the buildings inside what initially appeared like a moving round and wide shaped massive cloud.
Ibrahim, a boy of about ten years old, pointed to the top of a tree and said that the UFO moved into the tree and came out on the other side but the tree was not pushed down.The above description by these villagers aptly falls into the category of the sighting of an unidentified flying object, popularly called UFO or flying saucer, a paranormal phenomenon which is widely known and reported in the Western world but never heard or talked about in this clime.
Technically, UFO is an unusual apparent anomaly in the sky that is not readily identifiable to the observer as any known object, but in modern popular culture the term UFO has generally become synonymous with alien spacecraft. Some researchers have argued that because these objects appear to be technological and not natural phenomenon, and are alleged to display flight characteristics or have shapes seemingly unknown to conventional technology, the conclusion is that they must not be from Earth.
Interestingly, the UFO sighting in Dulali has revealed to us as researchers the influence of religion and socio-cultural factors to the phenomenon. This is because what ordinarily raises fear and conspiracy theories in the Western world where the UFO occurrence is predominant was viewed in a positive light over here.
The villagers were of the consensus that what they witnessed was actually an act of God, for He alone is capable of making anything happen. According to Yau Kaugama, a Lanzai Ward political leader, who accompanied us to the interior village, “We believe it is a sign that in time to come something great will come out of that small village. Something like a great invention, that will affect the life of mankind.”
Mallam Shehu Liman is the Chief Imam of the village. He confirmed the general consensus of the villagers and specifically affirmed that, “We believe that maybe Allah used those sightings to open our eyes to see how Jinns (spirits) live in their own world. Allah is great, and there is nothing He cannot do on earth.
“Exactly two weeks after appearing in our village, that flying object visited again at the same exact time, and stayed in the sky roving around the village for almost an hour before it went away. We are happy because it shows we are special village; other towns around were not even given that privilege.”
Asked whether the village made a formal complaint or report to the authorities, the Imam said they did not see the necessity of reporting, as the flying object neither harmed nor injured anyone, and they were all convinced it was a positive visitation.
According to www.thejinn.net , “There are unseen creatures that we share this Earth with. They do not come from other planets. They have been called many names: Aliens, Spirits, Etherians, Ultraterrestrials, and more. In the Koran they are called the Jinn. Information about Jinn reads like a textbook description of UFO and other paranormal phenomena.
“The Jinn are beings with free will, living on Earth in a world parallel to mankind. The Arabic word means “to conceal”. They appear to include juvenile pranksters as well as powerful superior beings with an agenda we do not understand. They have influenced mankind’s religious and cultural beliefs from antiquity to the present. “Jinn can create UFOs, hallucinations, psychokinetic effects, cattle mutilations, crop circles, apparitions and other paranormal phenomenon.”
Cattle mutilations and crop circles as stated in the above quote are some of the physical marks left by UFOs and the beings that ride in them, generally called aliens. These incidents are always reported in the Western world, especially in the United States of America and Britain. Crop circles, which involve a sizable pattern created by the flattening of a crop such as wheat, barley, maize, in a farm field, are particularly seen in Britain, while cattle mutilations, the apparent killing and mutilation of cattle under unusual or anomalous circumstances, were first reported in the United States.
When we asked the villagers of Dulali whether they saw any living beings inside the UFO, they were all certain that no living being was seen in that ‘city’. In the Western world, some witnesses have described how the UFO, sometimes a smaller craft, landed in a remote area or farm, and some creatures came out from them. Some witnesses have even claimed to have been abducted by these beings and either taken for a ride in the craft or taken to the larger UFO hovering in the Earth’s orbit or to the habitat of the alien beings.
When contacted, the Chairman of Darazo Local Government Area at the time of the sighting, Hon. Sabo Bako Sade, said that he was aware of the paranormal visitation at Lanzai and would have carried out a thorough investigation but was at that time of the incident occupied by the marauding armed robbers who were raiding police stations and robbing banks in his local government area.
He insisted that the type of supernatural occurrence had never occurred in Darazo since the inception of the area, and had never again been reported after the Dulali incidents. He said, “When I heard the news I first thought it was a practical joke, or a wild rumour circulated by people, because at that time we were under attack by hoodlums whom we could not ascertain whether they were Boko Haram or just armed robbers. We were under immense pressure. But the supernatural sighting in Dulali was a special one, a one in a life time experience, even for me as a politician. I planned to set up a thorough investigative committee on the incident but my hands were tied at that time.”
The American based MUFON (Mutual UFO Network), is the organization that investigates cases of reported UFO sightings. Being one of the oldest and largest UFO-investigative organizations in the world, it recently released a paper which stated that from the year 2011, the sightings of UFOs all over the world as compiled by them from 1969 have witnessed an increase of up to 67%. Therefore with the Bauchi incident, it now seems that Nigeria has joined the many other nations who have see these strangers in the sky and only time shall reveal where they are visiting next in our nation here.