Scores of people are undertaking pilgrimage to Unguwar Yari village in Jega LGA of Kebbi State in hopes of finding cure for their various ailments with the help of underground water believed to have 'healing powers'.
Residents of the village have fenced in the source of the water. The Council has also provided plastic containers of different sizes for those who wish to fetch some water.
The community has established a monitoring committee to make sure that the water was free for everyone and to prevent any commercial activities.
A guide Malam Yaro Unguwar-Yari narrated:
"The water was discovered by a grandmother who was searching of medicinal herbs for her sick grandchild. The news of the healing water spread when the woman revealed that afer drinking from the underground water, her grandchild was healed instantly."
The guide also added that 40 or 50 vehicles would come to the village every day.
Malam Usman Dan-Malam, a farmer, claimed that the water healed pains in his leg. One Malam Yahaya Sarki said he prayed over the water, gave it to his child to drink and immediately she stopped bed-wetting. Mai Akwai Abubakar said that he was healed of his ailment after drinking the water, adding that had sent two 25-litre containers with the water to his friends.
Briefing the press on Monday, Council Chairman Alhaji Haruna Mai-Jega said people have flooded the village to drink or bathe in the mysterious waters.
"The Council has obtained clearance from health officials who conducted tests and confirmed that the water is free of diseases," Mr. Mai-Jega assured.
"We have no intention of preventing people who believe in the healing powers of the water to make use of it. The council will not be a hindrance to those who choose to use the water, but we will ensure there is no lawlessness in the process,"he warned.