Barely one month after 36 cows were mysteriously killed at Ijare town in Ifedore local government area of Ondo state, eight cows have been reportedly killed by lightning on Tuesday evening, at a mountain in Oyinmo Quarters, Ikare Akoko in the state.

According to report, the herdsmen who accompanied the cows were said to have fled the scene after the incident while five men have been arrested by the men of the state police command for buying the dead cows from the herders.

According to report, “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 report further stated that the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph said investigation had commenced into the matter.

He 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.”

“I have been calling the chairman Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, in Ikare Akoko, to know what happened, but his line was not going through.”

Meanwhile, the Environmental Health Officers in the four local governments have cautioned against buying of cow meat at the Akoko North-East, Akoko North-West, Akoko South-West and Akoko South-East.

The environmental health officers in the four local governments announced the suspension to avoid circulation of contaminated meat to unsuspecting members of public. The Director of the Environmental Health Officers for the Akoko North-East Local Government, Mrs Yemisi Adeniyi, who spoke on behalf of the other health officers in the area.

The government took the decision when information filtered that herdsmen that owned the dead cows had invited butchers and sold the cows to them who in turn would sell them to members of public.

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By Mosvin Communications

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