Barely a month after lightning killed 36 cows in Ondo State, some cows have again been struck dead by lightning in the state on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.
The 36 cows were reported to have been led by their owners to a sacred hill, a grove known as Oke-Owa in Ifedore Local Government Area of the state.
Again, eight cows were struck dead by lightning on Tuesday after another group of herders reportedly led them to a sacred mountain around the grove.
According to Punch, the herders fled the scene after the incident happened.
5 butchers arrested for buying the dead cows
However, a source, who spoke to Punch about the incident said that the state police command has arrested five butchers for buying the dead cows from the herders.
“Immediately after the cows were struck dead, the two Fulani boys that followed the cows, rushed to the butchers in town and sold the cows to them at cheaper prices. But the police got to know of it and arrested all of them,” the source said.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph, while confirming the incident said investigation into the matter has commenced.
Joseph said, “It was the environment officers that discovered that the Fulani boys were selling the contaminated cows to the butchers and reported to us. So about four butchers have been arrested and one herder on the matter. We will charge them to court after the completion of our investigation.”
When contacted for comment on the incident, state chairman of the Maiyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Garuba Bello told Punch that he had not been briefed about the incident.
He said, “I have been calling their (MACBAN) chairman in Ikare Akoko, to know what happened, but his line was not going through”
Meanwhile, Ondo State Government has suspended the sale of cow meat in the affected local government areas. The areas include the Akoko North- East, Akoko North-West, Akoko South-West and Akoko South-East
Punch reports that the environmental health officers in the four local governments announced the suspension to avoid circulation of contaminated meat to unsuspecting members of public.